Scientific Prototyping

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The Scientific Prototyping Laboratory (Laboratorio di Prototipazione Scientifica) develops prototypes for researchers to carry out scientific experiments.

To meet the various needs of the different research fields, the laboratory use the competences of both its own staff as well as the one of technicians and researchers of various departments of the University of Pavia.

For its activities, the service operates in the electronics laboratory and the mechanical workshop of the INFN sez. Pavia (National Institute of Nuclear Physics, section of Pavia).


The electronics laboratories have the competences and the equipment necessary to take projects from concept to implementation. Fundamental steps are simulations, drafting of electrical diagrams, development of the layout with CAD, processing of the PCB cards with CNC milling machine and mounting. Among the numerous instruments, the most important are soldering and desoldering stations, benchtop power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers.


The mechanical workshops design and build components, equipment and mechanical structures. Fundamental steps of the creation of prototypes are the design with CAD software, the construction with machine processing, the assembly and the final adjustment on the bench. Available machines are traditional and CNC milling, lathes, column drills, band saws, sandblasters and MIG and TIG welding stations. A 3D design and printing service is also available with latest generation machines.


The programming service is writing the software and firmware necessary for the operation of microcontrollers and control boards.


Research laboratories often need to repair complex instruments for which the manufacturer no longer provides assistance. To do this, it is often necessary to build from scratch or repair part of the equipment. This allows cost-savings and, sometimes, the use of functions no longer available in new tools. The laboratory’s expertise also allows providing technical consultancy in the design and adaptation of systems or for the purchase of new equipment. The service is also able to repair vacuum pumps, and given the considerable workload in this sector, a specific laboratory has been set up.