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Welcome to the Rockefeller University Precision Fabrication Facility

The Precision Fabrication Facility (PFF) provides access to various fabrication and rapid prototyping tools for qualified users. The shop allows users to design and build their own research tools by providing access to a wide array of prototyping and fabrication equipment, as well as design and fabrication consultation.  The PFF is located in the A level of Plaza Building, Room A4.


Access to equipment in the PFF requires training and certification for the safety of the users and equipment. Training sessions for the printer and laser cutter will be held on request. Training sessions for the heavier equipment (CNC, lathe, mill, and bandsaw) will be offered only after a user has demonstrated a strong need for those machines.  All users must be certified for each and every piece of equipment prior to use without exception. After a user is comfortable with the basic machines and demonstrated basic proficiency, the Instrumentation Engineer will approve card key access to the PFF for him/her.

Operation and Safety

Access for beginning users is confined to hours when the Instrumentation Engineer is present.  The lathe, mill, and bandsaw can be operated only during working hours, 9:00 until 17:00.  Use at other times is permitted only by qualified personnel and only if two or more people are present in the PFF. No one may work alone in the PFF.

Users must observe all shop rules that are posted throughout the Facility, as well as tool specific instructions on each piece of equipment. Any rule violations will result in suspension and potential eviction from the Facility premises indefinitely.

The PFF offers prototyping and other stock materials, however, please supply your own materials for larger projects.


The PFF also provides design consultation and fabrication assistance to all University researchers. To ensure high quality service, the PFF asks you to kindly schedule an appointment.

Questions about the operation of the facility should be sent to the Instrumentation Engineer, Jim Petrillo, or Amy Wilkerson.


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