Student Machine Shop

Student Machine Shop

The Physics Student Machine Shop has been an integral and necessary part of experimental research within the department for more than 100 years – providing hands-on opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn how to safely operate the high-precision machinery and equipment needed to manufacture the complex components of their projects, apparatuses, and instrumentation. 

A Modern Day Manufacturing Facility

The Physics Student Machine Shop is one of three student accessible machine shops on the UC Berkeley campus. The others are located in Mechanical Engineering’s Etcheverry Hall and in Jacobs Hall, the home of The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Our shop consists of the common machine tools that are found in most machine shops: drill presses, bandsaws, grinders, sanders, sheet metal punching, cutting and bending equipment, lathes, and milling machines. Here students will learn the basics of operation and capabilities of each machine and apply this knowledge to the designs of their components. 

Safety is paramount in all that we do, therefore, all shop users must complete our comprehensive Student Machine Shop safety training program before being allowed to come in and use the machine shop.

Updates to the Student Machine Shop

The shop is in the midst of a revitalization campaign which will continue over the next several years. Recent additions to the Physics Student Machine Shop are: 2 Sharp 1340VS manual engine lathes, a Stratasys F170 3D printer, a Haas Super Mini Mill 2 CNC Vertical Machining Center, a Kent Vertical Knee Mill with an Accu-Rite MillPwr G2 controller, a Clausing KC1016VS horizontal bandsaw, 2 student computer workstations and 2 student laptops. We have also added 3D solid modeling CAD/CAM programs for part design and CNC toolpath generation to our computers and laptops for student use. Our most recent and future updates will help ensure that our students have access to today’s modern equipment, technologies, and the latest manufacturing methods to better align them with the quality research being conducted here at Berkeley Physics and other world-class institutions.



To contact the Student Shop Instructor, Jesse Lopez, call (510) 642-2496, or email