The Engineering and Design Core Facility (EDCF) provides researchers a variety of engineering services, including: 

Electrical Engineering

Analog and digital circuit design, embedded microcontrollers, industrial controls, printed circuit board design, etc.

Mechanical Design

3D solid modeling and analysis, finite element simulation, motion studies, tolerance stack-up analysis, model rendering, engineering drawlings, etc.

Optical Design

Commercial lens system design, optical measurement processes, machine vision systems, opto-mechanical hardware design, etc.


Fabrication management, assembly, testing, and quick-turn prototyping (microcontrollers, motor controls, sensors, and wireless integration), etc.

Software Development

Machine interfacing, control panel programming, algorithm development, wireless webservers, etc.

System Design

Equipment integration, instrumentation development, and interfacing/control, etc.

User Rates

The current hourly user rates for the Engineering and Design Core Facility are as follows:

Notre Dame users: $89.00/hour

External users: $145.00/hour

Begin a Project

For a free initial project review and consultation, please email Jim Smous.