The fundamental nature of the research in the field of Physics means that much of the apparatus and equipment cannot be bought "off the shelf" and must be specially fabricated.
The School of Physics workshop is therefore a vital component of the research effort of the School.
Highly skilled technicians work closely with academic staff, research staff and postgraduate students to create the apparatus necessary for research and teaching.
The technical team is skilled in all aspects of this process, from the initial design concept, through detailed design, fabrication, installation, commissioning and "debugging". The workshop specialises in the fields of precision machining, and ultra-high vacuum and cryogenic design and fabrication.
The Physics workshop contains an impressive array of high-precision machinery that has been assembled over many years. Indeed, one of the highest precision lathes is more than 40 years old. In spite of its age, it still performs at a level of precision comparable to the best in Australia.
Not all of the machinery is as old as this precision lathe, and the equipment base in the workshop is continually being built up.
For example, modern digital metrology equipment has been installed to augment the intrinsic precision of these machines. Also, state-of-the-art computer-aided design packages (including three-dimensional visualisation) are commonly used to perform the detailed design. A recent addition to the workshop is an Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) facility.
The enduring levels of precision and quality of the equipment in the workshop are a result of an established program of ongoing maintenance and appropriate utilisation.
Please contact the Workshop Manager, Gary Light, on (+61 8) 6488 2753 to discuss your requirements.
|KTC "Ezen Plus" CNC EDM Hole Drill||0.08 - 4.00mm|
|xxxxx||0.05mm minimum wire diameter|
|*Schaublin High Precision 120||0.001 mm|
|**Schaublin High Precision 125||0.001 mm|
|Sheraton Challenger||0.005 mm|
|Sheraton Cub||0.005 mm|
|Hercus 9" bench||0.01 mm|
|Hercus 260||0.01 mm|
|Holbrook C||0.02 mm|
|*Schaublin High Precision 53||0.002 mm|
|**Schaublin High Precision N53||0.002 mm|
|Pegard Horizontal Borer (second hand)||0.05|
|Miller Gold star||2.5 to 500 amps|
|Linde Plasma||0.1 to 10 amps|
|Hughes Mini spot|
|Brew Vacuum & Inert atmosphere furnace (Secondhand)||1,370°C programmable|
|Radyne vac brazing|