The Biological Systems Engineering Shop is dedicated to providing BSE students a hands-on experience with machining equipment found throughout the production sector of industry.
BSE students are welcome to learn various machining and metal fabrication techniques as well as woodworking skills. These skills are aimed at improving our students’ understanding of the design, fabrication, and assembly processes through one-on-one training and hands-on operation of the machines – before they enter the workforce. More information for BSE students can be found on the Student Shop Information page.
The shop is also dedicated to providing high-quality design and fabrication services to researchers at the UW-Madison campus. One-on-one design consultations are available, and our timely fabrication is available at highly competitive rates. Please see below for more information.
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Agricultural Engineering Lab
540 Elm Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-0606
Associate Instrumentation Innovation Instructor
150B Agricultural Engineering Lab
Design and Fabrication Services
The BSE Shop provides one-on-one design consultation to school faculty and staff. This process gives the client an opportunity to present the design idea and ask questions they may have. Additionally, it aids the shop staff in understanding the desired project outcome and scope, as well as to address questions that the machinists may have for the client regarding their preferences on the design.
An initial 30 minute design consultation has a small fee of $10.
The BSE Shop can provide CAD models of the components and assembly design if desired to help communicate with the client what the final assembly design will look like prior to fabrication. This step allows the client to give feedback to the shop before parts are purchased or fabricated which can lead to significant savings if/when changes are desired.
A rate of $62 per hour is charged during the design process.
The BSE Shop has the capability to work with most metals and types of wood. We have a full array of machines and tools that can be seen on the Shop Capabilities page.
From wood work and lathe turning to sheet metal shearing and forming, we can do it. Schedule a design consultation to see how the BSE Shop can best serve you.
A rate of $62 per hour plus material costs is charged for fabrication.