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Machine Shop & Stockrooms

Physics Machine Shop

The Physics Machine Shop provides many services for all departments on campus, including:

  • A library of materials and parts suppliers
  • Arranging for off-campus services such as plating and specialized machining services
  • Design help with laboratory and research apparatus and repair of existing equipment
  • Complete designs, from sketches to final assembly by mechanical means (welding, brazing or soldering)
  • CNC (computer numerically controlled) mill and lathe, as well as EDM (electro-discharge machining), programmable from a separate workstation, allowing the shop to machine shapes which are not possible with conventional machining methods.

The shop also maintains and supervises the Physics Student Shop, which is equipped with one 2-axis CNC mill, four manual mills and four manual lathes, drill presses, sheet metal shear, bender, roller, and numerous punches. Anyone wishing to use the student shop needs to complete a shop course (offered annually for 6 weeks starting in early April).

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 3:45pm

Work Order form

Work Order PDF form to fill out and print

Approvers, please use this form in place of an SU-13

Machine Shop Authorization web-form

Approvers, please use this form in place of an SU-13

Rates as of Sept. 1, 2018:

Machine Shop: $90.00 per hour

Student Shop: $18.00 per hour

Shop Certification Course: $350.00 per student


For further information on the shop and the services we provide, please contact the Shop Supervisor, Karlheinz Merkle (, 650-723-2679.

Varian Physics Stockroom

The Physics Stockroom (also known as the Physics Store) is a self-serve hardware and lab-supply store. It serves research groups in various science and engineering departments at Stanford.

The hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. (After-hours access is also available. For a card-key, please stop by.) It is in the Varian Physics Building, near the loading dock. 

Visit our Facebook page and our searchable inventory and price list.

A sample of our product categories

  • Tools
  • Compression Fittings
  • Pipe Fittings
  • Valves
  • Vacuum Fittings
  • Adhesive Tapes
  • Tubing
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Fasteners
  • Electronics (Selected Components)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Liquid Helium
  • Liquid Nitrogen

Order products

You must set up a blanket order with the Physics Stockroom before making purchases. Have someone with signature authority for the account send email to:

Include the following information in your blanket order:

Required information

  • Project-Task-Award
  • Expenditure Type (if not 55210)
  • Department
  • Name of the Group and Account

Strongly recommended information

  • Start/End Dates
  • Max. Dollar Amount (Not-To Exceed)
  • Tax Exemption Code (If Non-Taxable)
  • List of Likely Users
  • Admin. Contact Information

Sample blanket order

  • Project-Task-Award: 1234567-100-AARGH
  • Astrobiology Dept, Prof. I. M. Fictional
  • Subspace Scanner Project, NASA Grant #12345
  • Start: Today, End: 09/30/2015
  • Not to exceed: $5000
  • Likely Users: Hugh Neverno, Mae Beeso
  • Admin: Jen Rallist, 723-0000, Mail Code: 0000

Stockroom staff and contact

  • Khoi Huynh (, 723-5406)
  • Scott Barton (, 723-4361)
  • Phone: 650-723-4361
  • Address: Varian Physics Bldg, Rm 115
  • 382 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-4060

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