Facilities

Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab

Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab equipment imagesThe shop is a 5854 square foot facility fully equipped with small and large machine tools, hand tools, and a variety of materials for fabrication. The primary function of the Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab is that of a teaching facility. The shop and its personnel function as a full support facility for such academic courses as ME 72 (Engineering Design Laboratory). It provides support for the fabrication of research apparatus for the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as other divisions on the Caltech campus. It serves as a facility where students, faculty, and staff may fabricate their own devices and projects for approved research programs.

The shop is open to the entire Caltech community. There are, however, a few restrictions. ME 13/113 must have been completed prior to using any of the machine tools in the shop.

Since this is the Mechanical Engineering shop, ME students, faculty, and staff will have priority on the machines. This priority applies to time on the machines and to the completion of projects by the shop staff. Others will be accommodated as availability and time permit. When classes are in session (such as ME 14 or ME 72), the shop will be occupied heavily by students from these classes. These students will have priority over all other shop users when their class is in session. If a class is meeting in the shop for lecture or lab, the shop will be closed to all others until the class is over.

Paul Stovall, Supervisor, runs the shop and is available for consultation. Shop hours are from 8am–11:30am & from 12pm–5pm, Monday through Friday. The shop is located in the sub-basement of Spalding Lab, Building 41, in B224. Stairwells are located on both ends of the building, with the western stairwell coming directly into the shop. An elevator is available in the center of the building.

Learn more at the Jim Hall Design & Prototyping Lab Website


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