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The JPL Machine Shop provides the Lab with in-house machining support. The R&D Machine Shop has a wide range of machining capabilities, and specializes in R&D/prototype and precision machining. These specialties include multi-axis Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) programming/machining, wire/sinker Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), close tolerance & micro machining, large-scale machining, finish machining, and precision jig boring.

Machine Shop personnel will provide value to a quality product, using their expertise in the following functional areas Group provides value in the following functional areas:

  • CNC Programming
  • CNC Machining
  • EDM Machining (Sinker and Wire)
  • Precision Jig Boring
  • Precision Grinding
  • Precision Model Fabrication
  • General Machining
  • Satellite Machining Services (Including Facilities For Customer Use)
  • Prototype/Developmental Machining
  • Design and Engineering Support for Manufacturing
  • Planning and Control (Estimating/Manufacturing Scheduling)

Aquarius


MSL
Various components of the Mars Science Laboratory rover were designed and fabricated at the Machine Shop, including cradle fixtures, vertical swingarms, and wheels.


OCO-2
The JPL Machine Shop was involved in created a substrate mirror for the OCO and OCO-2 spacecrafts along with other integral components.


Juno
Corrugated horns were designed to specific specifications for Juno's microwave antennas.


SMAP

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