A Place of Innovation

The Washburn Shops are home to WPI’s Material Process Engineering program. Its state-of-art facilities support innovative research, interactive learning, and the merging of theory and practice. Learn more... 

Also housed here is the Metal Processing Institute, which incorporates laboratories in aluminum casting, powder metallurgy and semisolid materials processing. MPI has centers in metal casting; thermal processing; imaging and sensing; and recovery and recycling of metals. It is fully equipped with melting furnaces, including electrical and induction furnaces, heat-treating furnaces, rotary degassers, an Alscan unit, a reduced pressure testing unit, a spectrograph, and optical and scanning electron microscopes equipped with energy dispersive x-ray analysis capabilities and image analysis capabilities. In addition, MPI has all the necessary mechanical testing equipment including Universal testing machines with temperature chambers, fatigue testing machines, as well as impact, toughness, hardness and micro hardness measuring equipment.