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Phase III+: The University is open for expanded research operations; only authorized personnel will be admitted on campus. More info here.

Precision Instrumentation Technologies

COVID-19 update:

Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT) is operating under Phase-III+ Operations conditions.

During phase III+ we want to provide you with as much service as we can. Fully vaccinated approved users may access the PIT and are not required to socially distance, but must wear face covering at all time.  Approved users who are not fully vaccinated must wear face masks and socially distance from all others present. Staff are working hybrid remote and on-site schedules.  Please schedule use of equipment in the PIT by using the PPMS booking schedule.

Welcome to the Rockefeller University Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT)

The Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT) provides access to various fabrication and rapid prototyping tools for qualified users. The shop allows users to design and build their own research tools by providing access to a wide array of prototyping and fabrication equipment, as well as design and fabrication consultation. The PIT is located in the A level of Plaza Building, Room A4.


Access to equipment in the PIT requires training and certification for the safety of the users and equipment. Training sessions for the printer and laser cutter will be held on request. Training sessions for the heavier equipment (CNC, lathe, mill, and bandsaw) will be offered only after a user has demonstrated a strong need for those machines.  All users must be certified for each and every piece of equipment prior to use without exception. After a user is comfortable with the basic machines and demonstrated basic proficiency, the Instrumentation Engineer will approve card key access to the PIT for them.

Operation and Safety

Access for beginning users is confined to hours when the Instrumentation Engineer is present.  The lathe, mill, and bandsaw can be operated only during working hours, 9:00 until 17:00.  Use at other times is permitted only by qualified personnel and only if two or more people are present in the PIT. No one may work alone in the PIT.

Users must observe all shop rules that are posted throughout the Facility, as well as tool specific instructions on each piece of equipment. Any rule violations will result in suspension and potential eviction from the Facility premises indefinitely.

The PIT offers prototyping and other stock materials, however, please supply your own materials for larger projects.


The PIT also provides design consultation and fabrication assistance to all University researchers. To ensure high quality service, the PIT asks you to kindly schedule an appointment.


FY22 Annual Membership and Fees

Precision Instrumentation Technology Facility FY22 Access and Materials Fees
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
DIY: Training and guidance on and access to design software, 3D printers, laser cutter, hand tools, and some machining tools For Labs/Centers with Annual fee1 Materials cost covered per Lab/Center
up to 4 users  $              565  passed through to user
5 to 8 users  $           1,130  passed through to user
More than 8 users  $           2,260  passed through to user
Specialized Training2  $72.50/hr
Consultation3  $72.50/hr
Design and Engineering Services: Design, engineering and machining support and services4
< 7 hrs/quarter    $72.50/hr Passed through to user
Level A ( < 15 hrs/quarter) $1,700
Level B  ( < 30 hrs/quarter) $3,400
Level C  ( < 60 hrs/quarter) $6,800
Level D  ( < 120 hrs/quarter) $13,600
Level E  ( > 120 hrs/quarter) $27,200
1Fees will be assessed quarterly and adjusted to reflect number of users as needed.
2Orientation and general training is covered by the access fee.
3Advice and general guidance is covered by the access fee.
4Use levels will be assessed quarterly and adjusted to reflect actual usage as needed.

Questions about the operation of the facility should be sent to Peer Strogies, or Amy Wilkerson.



For general inquiries or to discuss new projects, send an email to, or schedule directly

Peer Strogies, Scientific Machinist 
Precision Instrumentation Technologies, Plaza Building, Level A
Schedule a meeting
Phone: 212-327-7044

James Petrillo, Instrumentation Engineer
Precision Instrumentation Technologies, Plaza Building, Level A
Schedule a meeting
Phone: 212-327-7056