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Center for Research Support

The Center for Research Support is comprised of the current Research Support Shop (RSS), better known as the Machine Shop, and a new Advanced Development Center (ADC). Together, these entities will coordinate to provide a seamless process for technical design and fabrication. 

Advanced Development Center

The Advanced Development Center provides services that encompass design (computer-aided-design, PCB layout, schematic capture, systems design and analysis, component and/or system level simulation), assembly of systems (metal fabrication, new types of computer-aided manufacturing), and technical support for equipment repairs/service. The rate for these services is $60/hour.

Research Support Shop

Rice’s Research Support Shop, better known as the Machine Shop, has a full-time team of highly skilled technicians who create precision tools and machines that help Rice scientists complete their research and experiments. The Research Support team provides services ranging from simply drilling a hole to creating complex scientific instruments. Almost every job completed is one-of-a-kind, created to serve a unique purpose in a specific lab for a particular piece of research. The rate for these services is $60/hour.


  • Hurco CNC Milling Machine
  • Bridgeport Milling Machines
  • Hardinge HLV Precision Lathes
  • LeBlond Lathes
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Horizontal Cutoff Saw
  • Tool Grinders
  • Belt Sander
  • Hydraulic Press


  • Precision Machining
  • EDM Machining (Electrical Discharge Machining)
  • Sheetmetal Fabrications
  • TIG Welding
  • Metal Finishing

The RSS has a material stockroom where miscellaneous shop supplies can be purchased. If your needs require materials not in stock, a special order can be placed.

Materials on hand

  • Raw materials such as Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, and Brass
  • Fasteners such as a variety of screws, bolts, washers, and nuts
  • Materials not on hand can be special ordered

The RSS also offers an annual six-week class for graduate students seeking an introduction to his team’s services and products. In the 36-hour course students learn basic machine shop tool skills and how to make simple machine parts for their experiments.

Space Science Building basement, room 106
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 713-348-4051