The S.W. Barnes facility is a resource managed by the Department of Physics
and Astronomy. It consists of Drafting, Machine and Electronic Shops.
shop consists of one engineer. This is a mechanical design facility which serves
any interested users and is capable of producing drawings up to E-size. Conceptual
designs as well as detailed manufacturing drawings are produced by AutoCAD software
on PC workstations. The shop engineer will also negotiate manufacturing purchase
orders with outside vendors. While most of the users are at present associated
with the department, outside users are welcome and are serviced on a first come,
first served basis.
shops and one highly-qualified instrument maker serve mainly the department,
but also accept orders from anywhere within the University. In addition, a technician
can provide assembly services as well as light machining in wood, metals or
plastics. The shop possesses a 24" CNC milling setup and a small digital lathe.
shop is available for use.
Printed circuit layouts using AutoCAD, as well as design and assembly or prototype
units, constitute most of the workload in this shop. The shop can design and
produce prototypes for printed circuits and has created many custom electronic
systems for use at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Brookhaven National
Laboratory, and many other sites, in addition to departments of the University.
Double-sided and surface mount PC board layouts are common, though the shop
does not presently have the capability of through-hole plating. In addition
there is a stockroom for components such as resistors, transistors, frequently
used IC chips, etc. Any member of the Univerisity with a valid account can submit
job requests or purchase components.