Scientific Instrument Shop (SIS)

The Scientific Instrument Shop (SIS)/Machine Shop West Campus is staffed by Instrument Makers, Senior Laboratory Mechanics, Biomedical Electronics Engineers and Biomedical Electronics Technicians who construct and repair all types of mechanical and electronic/electrical equipment for the research, teaching and clinical requirements of faculty, staff, students and other RRC services.


Our machine shop is staffed by skilled Instrument Makers who will assist UIC staff and others in designing and/or fabricating items utilizing the latest CAD/CAM software, which can be used for full 3-axis and 3-D contour milling.

We are able to work with various metals (e.g. stainless and alloy steels, titanium, lead, platinum, brass, aluminum, copper, sheet metal), plastics (e.g. acrylic, acetate, acetal, polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon, PVC, teflon, polycarbonates, polyethylene, engineered plastics), wood, wood composites and machinable ceramics.

Our electronics shop offers complete electronic services including the maintenance and repair of electronic devices. We also design and fabricate customized electronic equipment that may not be commercially available.

Please contact us for the services you need.


  • Turning in lathe up to 15"
  • Manual milling
  • 2 axes and 3 axes CNC milling
  • Surface grinding
  • Precision thread cutting
  • Sheetmetal bending
  • Forming, shearing and fabrication
  • Hole punching
  • Woodworking — sawing and fabrication
  • Tig welding of most metals
  • Brazing silver solder
  • Sandblasting
  • Thermocouples
  • Repair and rebuilding of machinery
    and scientific instruments
  • Fabrication of parts using most plastics —
    machining, plastic welding/gluing,
    bending and polishing

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