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Machining & Technical Services

Prototype and Part Manufacturing via Machining

Create. Construct. Complete.

Talented Machinists and Programmers Supporting Your Research Needs

From manual tools to state-of-the-art machinery, MTS offers a range of equipment and raw materials for manual and CNC machining. Their dedicated staff includes talented machinists and programmers to help create complex projects.

Our equipment and part manufacturing division can support your current needs, whether it is using manual equipment or state-of-the-art 4-axis CNC equipment, including wire EDM technology. The shop is equipped with vertical mills, lathes, precision surface grinders, and EDM machines. MTS has a large stock of raw materials on hand, from high-heat nickel-based alloys like Inconel to biocompatible polymers used in the medical industry.

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Machining and Technical Services | Recent Projects

Machining and Technical Services | Recent Projects

Parts created for the Clemson Formula SAE

Competition Worthy

Clemson Formula SAE (CUFSAE) is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and competing with a formula-style race car. Competitions allow students to put their classroom knowledge to practical use in a team-oriented landscape. MTS was asked to machine parts for the Formula SAE racecar before it headed out to a spring competition.

CUFSAE works closely with several University departments, including MTS, to garner hands-on and real-world experience.


“We couldn't have done it without the help of Clemson CECAS MTS! Thanks to their top-notch manufacturing, our vehicle is now equipped with a quality custom oil pan, rear & front sprocket, and left & right differential carriers. Their expertise and attention to detail have allowed us to create parts that fully improve our performance on the road exactly as designed. We're proud to have MTS as a valued sponsor and look forward to continuing our partnership together. ”

Clemson Formula SAE Team
Clemson University
Watkins loooking through tunnel

New Ways to Communicate

Researchers are studying how it could be possible to use spinning light to push through thermal turbulence, the natural occurrence that makes it look like waves are rising from a highway on a hot day. The Variable Turbulence Generator is housed at the Duke Innovation Center and is used to create a controlled environment where atmospheric conditions are modified to test the effects on different laser beam characteristics. This laser tunnel was designed and built by MTS in collaboration with Dr. Joe Watkins.

Spinning Light Technology

Strengthening Bridges

A SCDOT grant is allowing researchers to develop strengthening methods for bridges along South Carolina's highways. One of the researchers, Tommy Cousins in Civil Engineering, requested the Machine Shop build fixtures to attach Linear Variable Differential Transformer equipment to bridges in the area to be able to record the amount of displacement in a bridge during a load test.

Bridge Support Testing
Female taking online classes on laptop with headphones.
Dr. Gregory Batt, Packaging Science, and Dr. John DesJardins, Bioengineering performing helmet testing

Increasing Helmet Safety

Ongoing concerns about brain trauma in football players have led researchers at Clemson to test ways to provide better head protection to athletes involved in contact sports. Working closely with Bioengineering and Packaging Science researchers, MTS designed and machined fixtures to evaluate how well Innegra-based composites could significantly increase the impact resistance.

Safer Helmets

Technical Services

hardness testing

heat treating & annealing of materials


black oxide metal surface treatments

media blasting

surface roughness measurement & testing

ultrasonic Cleaning

anodizing metal surface treatments

A collection of machining tools on work table



Traditional Machining

Traditional machining refers to manufacturing processes that involve cutting tools to remove material from a workpiece to achieve the desired shape, size, and surface finish. They are distinguished from non-traditional or advanced machining techniques, such as CNC or EDM, which rely on computer control and unconventional methods.

Traditional machining is capable of turning, boring, milling, shaping, broaching, slotting, and grinding.


CNC Machining and Wire EDM

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is a computerized tool used to automate and control the machining of materials such as metal, wood, plastic, and composites. These machines are widely used in manufacturing and production industries to create precise and complex parts, components, and objects. Wire Electrical Discharge Machining (Wire EDM) is a specialized machining process used to cut, shape, and machine conductive materials with high precision. Common materials machined using Wire EDM include tool steel, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten, and other complex materials.

Both the CNC and Wire EDM can machine with high precision for a variety of projects.


Precision Surface Grinding

Precision surface grinding is a machining process to achieve a high level of flatness and surface finish on a workpiece by using abrasive grinding wheels to remove minimal amounts of material in a controlled and precise manner. It is a critical process for achieving tight tolerances and high-quality surface finishes required in many applications.

It can precisely finish many materials from glass to carbides and everything in between within a tolerance of .0001."

Team Members

Jeff Holliday
Machine Shop Manager Lab Tech IV

Dustin Gravley
Machine Shop Assistant Manager Lab Tech. III

Sam Biemann
Precision Machinist Lab Tech. II

Truman Nicholson
CNC Shop Manager Lab Tech. IV

Bill Simmons
Precision Machinist Lab Tech. II

Jon Simpson
Precision Machinist Lab Tech. II

Machining and Technical Services
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