The Environmental Sciences and Engineering Design Center (ESE Design Center) is a Research Service Center (also known as a Core Facility) located within the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Our mission is to facilitate and complement research of all types by providing consultation, design, fabrication and assembly services in a wide range of disciplines. Historically, our facility was considered an instrumentation shop. However, the ESE Design Center has evolved to provide more than just instrumentation fabrication and repair services.
Our services include:
- Consultation on technical feasibility, manufacturability, materials selection, and availability of equivalent technologies;
- Assistance with sourcing and outsourcing;
- Prototype design and documentation;
- Design and fabrication of bench- and pilot-scale biological and chemical reactors;
- Selection and installation of sensors and instrumentation including process controllers and datalogging equipment;
- Design and fabrication of customized laboratory device holders, positioners, and alignment jigs;
- Research instrumentation modifications to extend analytical capabilities;
- Repair of obsolete instrumentation for which replacement parts are no longer available;
- Design and fabrication of field research equipment; and
- Design and fabrication of custom instrumentation enclosures for field work and long distance shipping.
Our equipment and capabilities include:
- ShopBot PRS Alpha 96-60 CNC Router Table for rapid and repeatable 2D, 2.5D, and 3D cutting of plastic and wood parts from large sheet stock
- A variety of power and hand tools for working plastics, wood, and other non-metallic stock. These include miter saw, bandsaw, scrollsaw, drill press, planer, routers, sanders, drills, and their associated tooling
- Makerbot Replicator 2 – 3D printer for rapid prototyping
- Torchmate 2×2 CNC Plasma Table for rapid cutting of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum 2D parts
- Full welding capabilities including oxy-acetylene, MIG, and TIG
- Grinding, sharpening, deburring, and polishing equipment and supplies
- Full machine shop including manual and CNC milling machines, 7×42 engine lathe, Hardinge HLV-H precision toolroom lathes, drill press, and a wide array of fixtures and tooling to support precision machining of parts from plastics and metals
- Sheet metal working equipment including 52” shear, notcher, punches, slip rolls, and magnetic bending brake
- Basic electronics bench for instrument troubleshooting, circuit prototyping, and small scale electronics assembly
- 3D Design Computer Workstation for design of components and assemblies with integral CAM capability for translation to CNC machining files