Machine Shop

Leadwell CNC

Infant tongue depress

Lead Machinist: Juan Fernandez

To learn more about the services offered by this core please download our brochure or contact our lead machinist.

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The Machine Shop Core within the Houston Methodist Academic Institute provides design consultation, precision machining and detailed equipment repairs and maintenance. This unique facility provides custom designed parts and surgical instrument updates by utilizing a broad range of polymer, carbon-steel, stainless, brass copper and titanium as required for specified designs. Equipped with a full complement of lathes, knee mills, grinders, vertical and horizontal saws, brake, shear, as well as silver solder capabilities, the Machine Shop Core's goal is to provide expertise and support to scientists, physicians and trainees at Houston Methodist Hospital. In addition, services are available for the wider Texas Medical Center upon request.

Conveniently located in the Outpatient Center at P2-M3, the Core Director, Juan Fernandez, has more than 50 years' experience using the Core's specialized equipment and over 35 years' experience in the medical field. Mr. Fernandez provides consultations on any manufacturing need. 3D visualizations are available for review before manufacturing. For more information, please contact call 713-441-6399 or email


  • Design consultation
  • Developing prototypes for medical devices
  • Fabricating custom laboratory equipment
  • Implementing improvements to device designs
  • Device repair

Specialized equipment within the Core includes:

  • LEADWELL V-30iF CNC Mill 15"x 24" work Area
  • Benchman CNC Mill with 12" x7" work Area
    • EdgeCam Cad Cam Program
  • Clausing Manual Lathe
  • Hardinge Precision Lathe
  • Bridgeport Manual mill
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • Silver Solder Capability
  • Shear
  • Brake
  • Smithy Granite Lathe
  • Dayton Mill Drill Stand
  • Pedestal Grinders
  • Table Top Bead Blaster
  • Delta Unisaw with 50" fence