The Instrument Shop
"your concept into a functioning reality"

California Institute of Technology



Shop Info
Shop Course
Work Sheet

The Instrument Shop is staffed to help design and fabricate electro-mechanical, optical and infrared instruments. We are capable of working from pencil or CAD drawings.  DXF, DWG, Sldprt, or Slddrw formats. We provide CNC Machining using SurfCam software for both mill and lathe work. We also provide plunge Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), grinding, sheet metal (limited by size), light welding/brazing and electro-mechanical assembly services.
Whether or not The Instrument Shop facilities are used, members of our staff are available to assist you. We have an adequate library of reference materials, charts, and catalogs and we offer consultation, recommendations and problem solving. Our staff members, with their various backgrounds and an average of 30 years of experience, are capable of transforming a rough concept into a functioning reality.
The Instrument Shop also provides a shop course on operating machinery and shop safety. This will assist you in fabricating your own projects.

The Shop is located in rooms 027, 029, and 030 in the sub-basement of the Lauritsen building; our phone numbers are: 626-395-6641 (office) and 626-395-6598 (shop), and fax number 626-229-9895.

The Divisions of

Physics, Mathmatics and Astronomy
Geological and Planetary Sciences

"Working together to study the Earth and the Stars"


The divisional machine shop is currently closed and not accepting new jobs. It's former
sub-sub-basement location is being renovated as a new, low-vibration physics laboratory.
This page will be updated when the shop is re-established in a new location.