Design and Fabrication Services
Instrument design, expert machining and logistical field support.
Scientific programs from all over the world rely on our Design and Fabrication Services (DFS) to create innovative engineering solutions and highest quality machining and repair services of new and existing highly-specialized instrumentation used on every imaginable platform.
Innovative Solutions for Complex and Challenging Instrumentation Requirements
DFS provides an unmatched set of skills and capabilities uniquely tailored to meet the development needs and requirements of the atmospheric research community. Through closely interacting with scientists and other engineers across our community, DFS utilizes the latest in solid modeling and computer aided design software to achieve innovative solutions to complex and challenging instrumentation requirements.
- Machine Shop Support
- CNC and CAD/CAM Tools
- Mechanical Design
- Finite Element Analysis Tools
- Fluid Dynamics and Flow Modeling
DFS’s Mechanical Design Group takes concepts, sometimes drawn on paper napkins, and converts them into advanced instruments, pods, inlets, or probes. Our ability to provide advanced fluid and finite element modeling allows us to design some of the the most advanced instrumentation available to atmospheric researchers. Our designers often participate in project efforts from the development phase to ensure that the instrumentation used will gather the most accurate data possible.
The Machine Shop performs precision machining, welding, sheet-metal work, assembly and repair service, as well as produces specialized mechanical equipment and component fabrication for scientists and engineers in development and operations of field program activities. We utilize the most advanced computer aided machining software in concert with up-to-date computer controlled machine tools to produce unique components and systems that are a hallmark of EOL’s and NCAR’s prowess in the atmospheric sciences. The components we can produce range from heavy parts for radar pedestals to tapered aircraft inlets to light-weight precise optical mountings for aircraft or satellite instruments.
The Logistics Group provides support for field programs and site surveys, including packing and shipping of equipment and components to field programs, setting up equipment at field sites, and maintenance of all logistics equipment (trucks, trailers, forklifts, cranes, etc).