The Precision Machining Laboratory (Towne 169) houses equipment to aid in metal manufacturing. It contains four manual mills, five manual lathes, three Prototrak hybrid mills, three CNC mills (Fadal VMC-15X, Haas MiniMill, Haas OfficeMill), one CNC lathe (Haas TL-1), and various other metal prototyping equipment. To use the machine shop, you must obtain access and follow all safety rules and policies.

Hours  – During academic sessions (see calendar):
Mon-Thurs: 9AM-10PM ,  Fri: 9AM – 7PM,  Sat: 12PM – 6PM,  Sun: 12PM – 9PM





Safety and Usage Policies

PML rules must be followed at ALL TIMES. Violation of these rules may result in revocation of access.

  • Complete the training and have your name listed in the access database.
  • Only work on machinery for which you have been trained.
  • Never work alone (a trained supervisor or shop staff member must be in the shop area while you are working).
  • Visitors who have not been given machine shop access are not permitted in the shop.
  • Wear safety glasses (provided) at all times while inside the fabrication area.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes or boots.
  • Remove jewelry.
  • Wear no excessively loose clothing that could get caught in rotating machinery.
  • Tie back long hair.
  • Do not use your cellphone or headphones while operating machinery.
  • Have a clear frame of mind (no intoxication, no excessive sleep deprivation).
  • Dispose of any chemical waste in proper containers.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the shop area.
  • Ask for help if you are unsure of something.
  • Keep all work surfaces clean and dry.
  • Clean, reset, and organize equipment after use.
  • Report all broken/damaged/worn tools to a member of the lab staff.
  • Complete a 5-10 minute shop job (issued at the discretion of the on-duty staff person) before leaving.
  • Work to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
  • Any injuries must be reported immediately via an injury incident report.
injury incident form