Equipment and Facilities

The CAPE Laboratory is equipped with an outstanding array of polymer and composite processing and prototyping equipment, ranging from bench-scale units to industrial scale capabilities. Housed in a dedicated facility with more than 10,000 square feet of laboratory space, the equipment includes:

Polymer Processing


Equipment List & Details
Composite Part Fabrication

Composite Part Fabrication

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Composite Material Development

Composite Material Development

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Sample Preparation and Characterization

Testing and Characterization

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Rapid Tool Fabrication

Rapid Tool

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Other Processing Equipment


Equipment List & Details

Other Equipment On Campus

The lab also has ready access to a range of other advanced
analytical instruments across the South Dakota Mines campus, including:

  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • BET surface analyzer C, S, H, N and O elemental analyzer
  • Chromatography: Gas and Liquid, Gel and Ion
  • Field emission variable pressure hi-resolution ESEM
  • Inductively coupled argon plasma mass spectrometry
  • Interfacial force microscopy
  • Hysitron nano-indenter and MTS nano-indenter
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Laser Raman spectroscopy
  • Mid- and Near- infrared spectroscopy
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • SEM with energy-dispersive X-ray analyzer
  • Scanning/Transmission electron microscopy
  • Scanning probe microscopy (AFM, IFM and STM)
  • Time correlated single photon counting fluorescence spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy
  • X-Ray diffraction

To schedule the use of CAPE equipment, go to our online scheduler
button Online SchedulingContact the CAPE Lab to request an account. 
CAPE Access Request Form