Materials Processing and Fabrication

Metal Casting (Foundry)

The foundry facility supports metal-casting activities, primarily focusing on aluminum and iron. Michigan Tech is one of only a handful of education institutions nationwide that have retained an in-house foundry. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, research staff, and Enterprise teams use the facilities for educational and research purposes. In addition, the University provides casting services to select industry partners.

Specialized lab equipment includes

  • Die Caster
  • High Vacuum Induction Caster
  • High Pressure Induction Melter
  • Arc Melter
  • Melt Spinner
  • Directional Solidification and Crystal Growth

Contacts: Paul Sanders and Patrick Quimby
Location: M&M 107

Microfabrication Facility

The Microfabrication Facility, managed by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a member of the Michigan Tech Materials Characterization & Fabrication Facilities. Lab activities include micro- and nanoscale research and development of solid-state electronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and microsystems materials and devices.

Contact: Bill Knudsen
Location: M&M 428



Labs and EquipmentLocationContact
Deformation Processing  
Powder ProcessingM&M 531Paul Fraley
    Powder Mixing, Powder Compaction, Cold Isostatic
    and Hot Isostatic Pressing, Mechanical Alloying
Thermal Processing and Heat TreatmentM&M 530Paul Fraley
Machine Shop  
    CNC Machining and Welding/Joining  
Microwave Processing  
Particulate Separation  
Photovoltaics and Solar Cells