Machine Shop

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The machine shop is available for the construction of customized research instruments and experimental apparatus, assisting in customized design when needed. Repair work is also done on mechanical apparatus.

Phone Location Hours Facility Director
(850) 644.3215 009 Dittmer Bldg. 7:00 – 3:30 M-F Bill Stoffel


The machine shop has most standard equipment such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, welders (inert gas, acetylene and electric), presses and band saws. The staff are experts in translating a general description into a hand or CAD drawing and then a fully functioning device.


There is no charge for labor; however, materials are billed at cost plus 15%.

Example Products

Below are several examples of products generated in the machine shop.

A motorized platform used to control the growth of inorganic macroscopic tubes. The process involves attaching a growing tube to a robotic arm that moves upward at a constant predetermined speed.
A heavy duty 13×13 mm hole punch. This is used to punch square holes of a thermoplastic used in the assembly of dye-sensitized solar cells.
A robotic platform immerses substrates into polymer solutions. Each immersion deposits an ultrathin film a few nanometers thick. The resulting “multilayers” are used for research in biological cell adhesion.
The Florida State University seal created in collaboration between the woodshop, glass shop and machine shop:
This reaction vessel is used for high temperature and high pressure crystal growth in supercritical water. This autoclave is made out of Rene 41, a nickel-based high temperature alloy that is particularly challenging to machine.