University Facilities

3D Lab

The UM3D Lab provides the entire university community with access to high-end technologies and professional expertise revolving around computer modeling and visualization of multidimensional environments as they apply in nearly any discipline.



Key Capabilities:

  • Advanced visualization
  • Rapid prototyping
  • 3D scanning
  • Motion capture
  • Modeling & animation
  • Virtual reality

Contact: (734) 615-9699,

Ford Battery Lab

Jason Siegel, ME Assistant Research Scientist, models a lithium ion battery in the Fuel Control Systems Laboratory in the Automotive Research Center

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the University of Michigan is building a laboratory to speed the development of new battery technologies. Located in the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory, the Ford Battery Lab will be equipped with everything needed to prototype and test battery designs from coin cells to vehicle-scale units. It is available to users within and outside the university.


Key Equipment:


  • 5L planetary mixer and disperser
  • Slurry homogenizer
  • Calendaring press
  • Slitting machine
  • Manual and prismatic electrode punches
  • Labcoater and multicoater
  • Rheometer


  • -40C dew point dry room
  • Coin cell crimper
  • 18650 cell winder and cell assembly
  • Prismatic cell assembly

Characterization & Testing

  • SEM with EDAX
  • Accelerated rate calorimeter
  • Raman microscope
  • Electrochemical scanning probe microscope
  • High throughput powder x-ray diffractor
  • Four electrochemical characterization systems

Contact: Greg Less, (734) 764-2794,

Functional and In-Vivo MRI Labs

Functional and in-vivo MRI images living tissues in people and animals. The lab on North Campus is available, on a fee for service basis, to researchers at the University of Michigan.




Key Equipment:

7-Tesla MRI scanner

  • 31 cm bore
  • 3 gradients
  • Full range of MRI pulse sequences
  • Four transmission and receiving channels for parallel excitation
  • A wide array of RF coils, including arrays for parallel excitation
  • Physiological monitoring and other equipment for animal scans

Two 3-Tesla MRI scanners

  • Whole-body gradients with 50 mT/m amplitude and 200 T/m/s slew rate on each axis -simultaneously
  • ARC-parallel imaging with full 3D data kernel for accurate reconstruction
  • Volume reconstruction engine for real-time image generation
  • Optical RF for signal clarity and intensity
  • Time of flight imaging for high-definition images that display small-vessel detail and blood-flow subtleties, without contrast injections.

Contact: (734) 936-0558,

User Request Form


This off-roadway test facility called MCity contains urban and suburban environments to simulate a broad range of complex situations that vehicles encounter. It enables researchers to test both connected and automated vehicles. 



Key Attributes:

  • 1000’ north/south straight
  • Various road surfaces (concrete, asphalt, brick, dirt)
  • Variety of curve radii, ramps
  • Two-, three- and four-lane roads
  • Roundabout and “tunnels”
  • Sculpted dirt and grassy areas
  • Stationary and mechanized bicycles
  • Variety of signage and traffic control devices
  • Fixed, variable street lighting
  • Cross walks, lane delineators, curb cuts, bike lanes and grade crossings
  • Hydrants, sidewalks, etc.
  • “Buildings” (fixed and movable)

Contact: Susan Carney,