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Electronic and Machine Shop

Repair and Custom Fabrication

Repair and Custom Fabrication

Tucked into the basement of the Hope Building at the corner of Congress Avenue and Cedar Street is a warren of well-lit rooms filled with milling machines, table saws, welders and lathes. The Machine Shop has catered to medical school researchers for more than three decades, building prototype devices for use in experiments.

Tools of the trade

  • Precision measuring equipment
  • Complete set of hand tools
  • Lathes
  • Milling machines
  • Table and band saws
  • Surface grinder
  • Spot, gas and arc welders
  • Full stock of materials

Publication Acknowledgment

If research supported by this Research Core results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):

"We thank the Yale Electronic and Machine Shop for their assistance with _________ service. The Shop is supported in part by the Yale Core Grant for Vision Research # NEI P30 EY026878."

Custom Machining

The Machine Shop provides custom machining for Yale and the local community. A skilled machinist, Tony DeSimone can work with you to help conceptualize and diagram your need and then create a custom solution. The machine shop specializes in both metal and plastic machining and fabrication services. Examples of custom work include:

  • Anesthesia chambers
  • Cold/hot plates (to custom specifications)
  • Custom tracheal button/plugs
  • Flow cytometer - kinetics unit
  • Localizers for irradiation of biological samples
  • Metabolic cages
  • Primate chairs
  • Perfusion chambers
  • Rodent restrainer apparatus
  • Water maze tank

Additional Services

In addition to custom machining services, we loan tools to faculty, staff, and students. We also keep a wide variety of spare parts and supplies in stock, which are available for purchase.

Tools for loan

The Shop is fully equipped with small hand tools and power tools which can be borrowed by personnel in the Yale medical community. The equipment is signed out (name, department, telephone number & valid Yale ID) and is expected to be returned the next working day.

Spare parts and material for purchase

Full assortment of Hardware Available

Contact for in stock availability


Contact for in stock availability
  • aluminum
  • stainless steel
  • brass
  • acrylic sheets
  • polycarbonate sheets
  • Teflon
  • miscellaneous materials

Cleaners, lubricants, and adhesives:

  • extensive selection of cleaners
  • degreasers
  • electrical contact cleaners
  • rust removers
  • rust inhibitors
  • penetrating oils
  • lubrication liquids and sprays
  • Teflon and silicone sprays and adhesives for bonding variety of surfaces

Ordering Information

The machine shop provides expert machinist for metal and plastic machining and fabrication services.

Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Hourly Rates



Standard shop service
On-site service $149
Emergency service $174
Tool loan Free

For pricing call or email

Electronic Customers: Please review the service process for laboratory equipment repair

Order Request Form

PDF version

Download the PDF and open in Acrobat, complete order request form and either e-mail or fax it to our shop at (203) 737-4340.

Please contact us with any questions.


  • Tony DeSimone

    Research Support Specialist Yale School of Medicine Support Services

    Tony DeSimone has been in the manufacturing trade since 1979. He has worked on several commercial and government projects, including hydraulic controlled components on civilian and military aircraft, electronics hardware, automotive prototypes, and machine fixture and tooling. He brings over 40 years of accumulated experience to the service of scientists, researchers and students at the Yale School of Medicine.