Support Machining Services

Professional machining services are available on a fee-for-service basis for department researchers, MECH students and Engineering Student Teams. We will also happily perform fee-for-service machining work for other UBC departments. We do not perform work for private individuals or commercial enterprises.
The engineering technicians assisting with support machining and fabrication are Mr. Bernhardt Nimmervoll and Mr. Roland Genschorek (contacts below).

The Undergraduate Lab Support Engineering Technician, Mr. Erik Wilson, also has an office in the machine shop.

Submitting Machining Work

Potential job submissions should generally be discussed with shop staff before detailed specifications are generated to avoid unnecessary re-work and to optimize the designs for shop capabilities. Send requests for appointments via email to mfengler@mech.ubc.ca, with cc to roland@mech.ubc.ca and bnimmer@mech.ubc.ca.

Job Submission Form

Please note that you are not required to enter any personal information that you wish to keep private. This form is not on a server secured by UBC and personal information may not be secure. If you wish to submit work in an alternate fashion, please contact mfengler@mech.ubc.ca

Machine Shop Equipment Capacities

The Support Machine Shop is equipped with CNC milling and turning capabilities as well as conventional milling, turning, drilling, cutting, welding and forming capabilities. In addition, the shop has access to abrasive water-jet cutting and wood and plastics machining and fabrication equipment, including 3D printing.

Please note that the machine shop does not have a formal QC certification as is required for some types of work (e.g. pressure vessels requiring a Canadian Registration Number).

Guidelines for Part Specifications:

Full specifications for the parts to be made are required before the job can proceed. Specifications on the drawing must include:

  1. Dimensions for the size, location and orientation of all part features expressed in a drawing (neat sketches are acceptable)
  2. Surface finish requirements
  3. Tolerances for each dimension
  4. Material type grade and condition (eg Aluminium 6061-T6)
  5. Quantity of parts required

Drawings shall conform to CSA CAN3-B78.1-M83 or ASME Y14 series drawing standards.

All UBC students, faculty and staff have free access to CSA standards via UBC Library’s subscription services. As a member of the UBC community, you are allowed to download a copy of the standard for your own study purposes.

To access the drawing standards, please do the following:

  1. Go to the UBC Library website.
  2. Select Indexes and Databases and search for “CSA Standards”. The search should find a link to the online subscription. Follow the instructions (you may need to install a plug-in).
  3. Search for CSA B78. to get a list of CSA technical drawing standard links. You should review 78.1 (General Principles) and 78.2 (Dimensioning and Tolerancing).

Current Rates

Technician Time $38/hr internal work
$80/hr UBC clients external to the department*
Machine Run-Time $60/hr abrasive water-jet cutter internal rate; $90/hr external rate
Tooling: no charge for wear – tools consumed to finish the work and custom tools charged at cost
*The shop does not perform service work for clients outside UBC

 

 

Rough estimates for cost are provided free of charge, however time for detailed estimates requiring more than 1/2hr of technician time to prepare will be charged at the shop rate.

Note that jobs are accepted into the queue on a first-come first served basis once the specifications are clear and complete. Jobs may be delayed if material is not on hand so be sure to check the shop’s stock. It generally helps if you order materials to ensure they are here when your job is otherwise ready to start. Note: we can order materials for you and include the time for this as part of the job.

Welding

We are able to provide basic steel, aluminum and stainless steel fabrication services, welding structures such as machine frames and apparatus. Please come and discuss your needs before submitting a work request.

Please note that we do not have a certified welder on staff and that any welding requiring certification (e.g. pressure vessel welding) will have to be sent out.