UAB Research Machine Shop


rms The Research Machine Shop (RMS) has been serving the fabrication needs of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham  since the 1960's. Projects range from the precision fabrication of experiment hardware for use in space flight research and customized instruments for surgery, to the construction of simple trays and stands that are not commercially available. Repairs/modifications of existing equipment is also a common task for the RMS.  The members of the Research Machine Shop staff have extensive experience in the machining and fabrication of precision parts and instruments.

In order to meet the requirements of the work normally associated with a research institution, the RMS has a variety of precision fabrication equipment. The capabilities of the shop include:

  • Brazing
  • Drilling
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Turning
  • Plastic sheet forming
  • Sheet metal bending / forming
  • Welding

The quality of  products fabricated by the RMS is of prime concern. To help assure that each job meets the standards and specifications of the customer, all precision fabrication machines include either Digital Read Out (DRO) capabilities or are Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC). In addition, calibrated metrology instruments are used to inspect the final work.

RMS has collaborated on projects with the following departments, schools or facilities across campus

Departments of Anesthesiology, Biomaterials, Biomedical Electronics, Cardiology, Dermatology, Microbiology,
Nephrology, Neurology, Pathology, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Comparative Medicine,
Pharmacology, Radiation Oncology, Institute of Dental Research, Animal Service Facilities and the School of Engineering

 For more information, please contact the RMS at (205) 934-4393