MME Workshop

The MME School Workshop is located in Room 120 of Willis Annexe (J18) and caters to MME researchers and students. The workshop is modern, very well equipped, and staffed by highly experienced and highly skilled Workshop Technical Officers.


What can be made in the workshop? 

The workshop has the following equipment/capabilities:

  • 2x CNC Machining Centers (one 3 axis vertical, one 4 axis vertical)
    • Mori Seiki NVX 5080ll: X = 800mm; Y = 500 mm; Z = 500 mm 4th axis diameter = 400 mm; length 300 mm
    • Mori Seiki Duravertical: X = 1000 mm; Y = 500 mm; Z = 500 mm
  • 3x Turret Milling Machines
    • 2 Bridgeport and one Clausing
    • X = 800 mm; Y 250 mm extendable to 500 mm Z = 300 mm
  • Fanuc Robocut Wire EDM:
    • X = 400 mm; Y = 250 mm; Z = 200 mm
  • 2x CNC Lathes:
    • 2 axis Mori Seiki CL 2000BT; X = diameter 250 mm; Z = 500 mm;
    • 3 axis Mori Seiki NL 2000MC: X = 200 mm; Z = 400 mm, milling and drilling capabilities
  • Surface grinding:
    • X = 400 mm; Y = 140mm
  • 2x Manual Lathes:
    • Colchester Triumph V/S: Over the bed = diameter 400mm; Over the saddle; diameter = 250 mm; X =1000
    • Colchester M300; Over the bed = diameter 300mm; Over the saddle = diameter 200 mm; X = 600 mm
  • Programmable Lathe;
    • Alpha 330S,
    • Over the bed= diameter 240mm; Over the saddle= diameter 300mm; X= 900mm
  • Guillotine:
    • 1500 mm cut
  • Horizontal Band Saw:
    • Parkanson 350 mm
  • Vertical Band Saw:
    • 200 mm
  • Welding:
    • MIG, Tig and stick welders as well as oxy/acetylene gas welding/brazing)

Staff can assist you with material selection, suppliers and suggested contacts for external service providers (e.g. materials, heat treatment, tooling, and other requirements). In most instances this information is provided by the Lab Technical Officer in charge of the lab you are working in.

How do I get something made? 

To submit a job or request to the workshop please follow the instructions below:

  1. Discuss the job with the Technical Officer in charge of your relevant area before developing the detailed drawings. Technical Officers are happy to provide guidance in design, material selection and manufacture.
  2. Develop initial drawings/sketches and organize for Lab Technical staff and student to meet with workshop staff to confirm concept design and ability to manufacture (can the workshop make it or does it need to be sent out?)
  3. Further develop the drawings in CAD and obtain final signature and approval from the Technical Officer in your lab area (and your Academic Supervisor if student).
  4. Meet with Lab Technical staff and workshop staff to submit the final drawings. Confirm Workshop Job Form is complete, drawings have all relevant dimensions, tolerances and finishing details and are also checked/confirmed for ability to manufacture.
  5. Order appropriate materials with your technical officer.

I've submitted my design and ordered materials. What happens next?

The job will be listed in the Workshop Job Queue (see below). Please note that the job will not appear in the queue until all drawings are complete, material is available and any specially purchased tooling has arrived.

The priority of a job can only be changed by the Laboratory or Manager or Deputy.
Large jobs (greater than 10 days work) need the approval of the Laboratory Manager or Deputy.

If your job requires specially ordered consumables (cutters, reamers, etc) to complete the work, the workshop will require a project code to cover the cost. The workshop can advise and help in obtaining a quotation for these additional costs before work commences on your job.

If part of the job is required to be completed via and external contractor (e.g. laser cutting), a project code must be provided for these costs. You will be consulted before this occurs.

I need to contact workshop staff. How do I do that?

Please ask your Technical Officer for assistance.

What is the status of my project?

Workshop job list (last updated 10th June, 2020)