Prototype Shops

All ME users must create a UW CORAL account.

  1. Visit to verify that you have passed all the required online safety training. EH&S online fire extinguisher training may take 24 hours to be approved.
  2. Attend an in-person training session for EACH shop (machine shop, composite shop, mechanical test lab) you plan to use.
  3. Complete a quiz for each shop you will use and have attended the in-person training for.

Summer hours

Shop availability varies depending on scheduled lab classes and safety classes.

Composite Shop: The Composite Shop is open by appointment during the summer.
E-mail for an appointment.
Machine Shop: Mon: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tues–Thurs: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Fri: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.


The ME Prototype Shops maintain a variety of fabrication and testing equipment for students and researchers. These resources help students learn by doing, allowing them to put into practice concepts from the classroom.

The shops are staffed by professional engineers, machinists, and technicians. The shop staff train users, keep equipment in working order, and consult on projects.

The shops operate as a service center. Shop fees for undergraduate students for work related to courses or academic teams are fully subsidized by academic departments.

Download the Prototype Shops fact sheet

Student using machine shop equipment

Machine Shop

In the Machine Shop, conversational mills, manual lathes, 3D printers, and hand tools are the workhorses of the beginner fleet. For more advanced users, the machine shop offers CNC mills and lathes, welding equipment, a sheet metal laser cutter, a waterjet cutter, and many other tools.

Manager: Eamon McQuaide

Machine Shop info

Composite Shop

The Composite Shop provides a space for layups and composite manufacturing equipment including an autoclave, heated platen press, and CNC ply cutter.

Manager: Svenja Fleischer

Composite Shop info

Mechanical Test Lab

The Mechanical Test Lab has facilities for quasistaticload testing, cyclic fatigue testing, and a drop tower for impact testing. Also available are a variety of extensometers, load cells, and grips.

Manager: Bill Kuykendall

Mechanical Test Lab info