1900 N. 13th Street
Barton Hall Basement
Philadelphia, PA 19122
The Research and Instructional Support Facility (RISF) provides machining, electronics, glass blowing, technical design and consulting services to the research and instructional community in the College of Science and Technology and Temple University as a whole. A student machine shop located adjacent to the main facility allows students to use basic shop tools to support their work after taking a required shop introduction and safety program.
Capabilities include milling, lathe turning, and surface grinding of typical metals
including aluminum, brass, stainless steels and other metal alloys.
Fabrication of commonly used sheet metals.
Welding, Brazing and Soldering:
Welding of metals like aluminum and stainless steel for both structural purposes and leak tight vacuum or pressure vessels. Soldering, ‘soft or hard’ of stainless steel, copper, brass and other cuprous metals.
Plastics and other Non-metals:
Machining of plastics include acrylics and other types of polymers. Custom made or modified fabricated parts can be jointed by either solvent welding or hot-air ‘fusion’ for liquid and air tight seal.
Design and Consulting
Student shop course(s) on basic machine shop practice and advanced machining.
Edward Kaczanowicz (Supervisor)
Matthew McCormick (Machinist)
Troubleshooting and Repair:
The electronics technician is available to troubleshoot and repair electronic and electrical equipment - scientific, instructional and industrial devices.
Custom electronic circuit design and construction for research, laboratory or instructional purposes can also provided.
Richard J. Harris
Custom Work and Repair:
Experienced custom laboratory/scientific glasswork and repair.
Glass Blowing Contact:
David W. Plasket
The current labor charge is $55 dollars an hour for work done by a facility staff member.
Before proceeding with work, a cost center account number must be provided and a signed authorization is required from a budget unit head or principal investigator.