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Machine Shop

The Houston Methodist Research Institute Machine Shop provides design consultation, and precision machining on prototypes and custom designs. The Machine Shop can accommodate each customer’s needs in

SERVICES The machine shop provides full service from concept creation to product design to precision machining. Our personnel will order the required raw materials, fabricate the device, and advise the customer when fabrication is complete. The machine shop can also repair devices. We work with a broad range of materials; polymer, carbon-steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, titanium, polycarbonate, peek, or delrin, as well as other materials determined by the design specifications. The Machine Shop is equipped with a full complement of equipment; lathes, knee mills, grinders, CNC Benchman milling machines, vertical and horizontal saws, brake and shear metal former, and silver solder capabilities.

a reliable and timely manner. CUSTOMERS

Our Equipment

We strive to provide complete support to our scientists, physicians, and trainees at Houston Methodist. We also work with research hospitals and schools within the Texas Medical Center and around the nation.

• 13” Colchester lathe

• Precision Hardinge toolroom lathe

• Knee mills

• CNC Benchman mill

• Vertical and horizontal saws

• Shear and brake metal fabricator

• Table saw

• Silver soldering capabilities

COMPLETED PROJECTS The Machine Shop has been instrumental in the development of many types of prototype devices for satisfied customers. Some examples include:

DeBakey LVAD device created by Houston Methodist Machinist, Juan A. Fernandez

Benchman CNC Mill: 4 Axis Computer Numerical Control Mill bench type which is programmed to do profiling, contours, and complex angles. It uses an EdgeCam Program and it can convert an IGES file from a CAD program for all milling that is needed.

• DeBakey rotary blood pump

• Preclinical model holder

• Nedo pump

• Infant tongue depressor

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