The Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy at MIT

The Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy (or Metlab for short) is a Shared Experimental Facility at MIT within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Please contact the lab manager, Dr. Shaymus Hudson (, for any questions regarding training, lab access, maintenance, supplies, equipment reservations and scheduling, etc.

COVID-19 Lab Adjustments: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Metlab is only open to trained, MIT users on weekdays from 9am-5pm. Users must submit requests by 5pm, Thursday for lab access the following week. The request form is here.

The current equipment log form is here.

Parts of the Metlab and Rates:

4-421: Polishing Room

  • Buehler Isomet 4000 Linear Precision Saw: $20/hr
  • Struers Rotopol, Rotopol-with-Pedemat, and Tegrapol: $20/hr
  • Buehler AutoMet 250 Polisher: $20/hr
  • Struers Prontopress-2: $20/hr
  • Buehler Simplimet 4000 Mounting Machine: $20/hr
  • Cold Mounting Station: $20/hr
  • Microscopes: $20/hr
  • Metallographic Etching: $20/hr

13-5016: Furnace Room

  • Box and tube furnaces: $15/hr to a flat fee of $500 per calendar month
  • Hydrogen (CM) furnace: $40/hr to a flat fee of $500 per calendar month
  • O2-H2 torch/Quartz Ampoule Encapsulation Bench: $45/hr
  • Rotary ball mill: $15/hr to a maximum of $60 per use

8-241: Mechanical Testing Room

  • Instron machines: $30/hr

8-102: Laboratory for Advanced Materials

  • LECO Hardness tester: $35/hr

There is a 50% additional charge for assisted use and for training. Use of equipment for personal or non-MIT activities may be performed at the discretion of the lab manager. All rates are subject to change every fiscal year.

If you use the facilities without logging your time, we reserve the right to ban you from the lab, or bill your account extra. If you leave the lab especially messy, we reserve the right to bill your account for our time spent cleaning it up. Please endeavor to leave the lab cleaner than you found it.