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 drawings, 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 web servers, 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.