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Capabilities

The Carleton Instrument shop has the equipment and experience to design and build most any apparatus.   We've listed the size of some of our equipment here to give you an idea of our overall capability, but this is a list of highlights.  If your project needs something that isn't listed here, we have lots creative ways to get it done.  We regularly work in a variety of metals, plastics, glass, wood, leather and fabric.

 Design

  • Complete design services from concept through design and fabrication
  • 3D Solid Modeling using AutoDesk inventor
  • Analysis using analytical and numerical tools, as appropriate for:
    • Strength
    • Deflection
    • Fatigue life
    • Fluid flow
    • Heat transfer
  • Electronic design is available through our Electronics Shop 

Fabrication

  • Turning (Lathe) - Manual only
    • 40" between centers
    • 12" diameter over ways
    • Plate turning to 18" diameter over gap bed
    • Precision taper and radius attachments
  • Vertical Mill - Full 3 Axis CNC
    • 32" X 16" X 27"
    • 3HP, R8 spindle up to 4200 rpm
    • High speed head up to 10,000 rpm
  • Welding - Gas and TIG
    • Steel, aluminum, stainless steel, others as needed
    • Up to 1/2" thick
  • Sheet metal
    • Shear to 36" wide, 16 ga steel
    • Bending (brake) to 24" wide, 16 ga steel
    • Rolling to 24" wide, 16 ga steel
    • Punch, round and square to 1"
    • Wire bending
  • Hydraulic press - 50 tons
  • Sawing
    • 12" depth, 15.5" throat
  • Tool and cutter grinding
  • Engraving - Both CNC and pantograph
  • Complete woodworking shop
    • Table saw
    • Band saw
    • Lathe
    • Planer, 12" wide
    • Jointer, 6" wide