For over fifty years UVM’s Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) has designed and fabricated custom instruments, models, and prototypes for academic research at UVM and other universities, product development, and commercial enterprises. IMF's facilities include a 3,500 sq. ft. machine, welding and electronics shop and 3,900 sq. ft. of office space and utilities. Depending on your requirements, we can fabricate a single custom part or instrument or conduct a small volume production run.
IMF engineers and technicians employ technical aptitude in mechanical, electrical, optical, and programming disciplines to solve application problems for customers prior to fabrication at state of the art in-house facilities. Examples of the types of the problems IMF has solved for customers include an optomechanical “laser trap” system first used to measure the contraction force between two muscle molecules, automobile simulators used in drunk driving studies, antibiotic bead molds used in the treatment of musculoskeletal infections, a high energy molecular measurement system for Argonne National Laboratory, and a high temperature, high pressure instrument developed for meteorite studies
Reporting to the Vice President for Research, IMF actively supports academic researchers at UVM and the Technology Commercialization Office. In addition to research instrumentation for funded studies, IMF develops prototypes to help inventors make “real world” instruments. This experience is unique and valuable in working with emerging technology companies in their quest to rapidly get products to the marketplace.