What We Do
We implement solutions that make your science a reality.
Instrument Design & Fabrication designs, builds, and tests commercially unavailable instruments, tools, and software. We listen to Janelia researchers to understand their needs, share ideas, and then execute on a technical plan. We collaborate throughout the process, from concept to completion. We’re constantly improving our design engineering and manufacturing to ensure we can build cost-effective tools fast.
We provide in-house assistance to researchers through a complete life cycle of system development leveraging our wide scope of skills--from mechanical, electrical, and optical engineering to software systems design and implementation.
We offer expertise in:
- Data acquisition and analysis
- Machine vision and image processing
- Precision machining
- Embedded systems design and programming
- Laser, microscopy, and optical imaging systems engineering
- Custom circuit design
- Novel sensor systems
- Lab automation, robotics and motion control
- Mechanical design, machined and/or fabricated components and assemblies
- Process automation
Group leader Anthony Leonardo and instrument design specialist Jason Osborne design and build tiny backpacks to study dragonfly flight.
The Facility operates a staffed central machine and fabrication shop which utilizes computer numerical control (CNC) machinery with enhanced functions, including wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) and 3D printing capabilities for rapid prototyping.
Back Row (left to right): Peter Polidoro, Jeff Jordan, Lakshmi Ramasamy, Bruce Bowers, Andrea Gugiu, Kristina Keller, Bill Biddle
Front Row (left to right): Jim Chen, Spencer Taylor, Steve Sawtelle, Igor Negrashov, Vasily Goncharov, Jason Osborne, Jon Arnold, Roger Rogers, Dan Flickinger, Cameron Loper, Saul Kravitz