Polymer Science Machine Shop

Manager: Ed Laughlin
Office: GDYR-136B
Phone: (330) 972-7534
Fax: (330) 972- 5290
E-mail: edward7@uakron.edu

The Machine Shop is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center in room GDYR-136. The shop is open to the faculty and students in the Institute of Polymer Science. Other than the cost of materials and tooling, there is no charge for the services of the Machine Shop.

The function of the shop is to provide mechanical maintenance of scientific equipment and specialized building systems.

The Laboratory Machinist manages the Machine Shop, analyzes the research project needs and requests of faculty, post-doc researchers and students and designs and constructs appropriate solutions (i.e., molds, test equipment, specialized fixtures) utilizing machine shop resources. He also instructs and supervises students and staff in safe use of machine shop equipment.

The Laboratory Machinist also serves as building coordinator for the Goodyear Polymer Center. As building coordinator, he troubleshoots and repairs minor problems in building systems (HVAC, plumbing, laboratory fume hoods) where intervention with the university physical facilities is deemed unnecessary. He also acts as a liaison with the physical facilities department, advises faculty and staff regarding on-going changes and repairs to the systems.


Members of the Institute of Polymer Science are charged only for materials and supplies used for their projects.


Clausing Colchester 15" lathe

Clausing 13" lathe

Horizontal cut off saw


Vertical cut off saw

Oxygen and Acetylene torches


Bridgeport Milling Machine

Haas Super Mini CNC Mill

Lincoln Electric Precision TIG/Stick 275 Amp Welder

Vertical Band Saw

Wide selection of Starrett Quality Control Precision Measuring tools (i.e., inside and outside micrometers, digital readout caliper verniers, height gages, etc.).


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