Digital Fabrication Laboratory

Our new Digital Fabrication Laboratory is established as a core facility supporting research, enterprise and academic development in architecture, design and engineering. Through the use of cutting-edge technologies, the laboratory enables new solutions to close the gaps between digital media and physical production processes, forcing a step change in the way we design, make and build.

The Digital Fabrication Laboratory is currently under construction, and set to open in September 2019.

“There are some 2.6 million jobs in the UK’s creative economy, growing at around three times the rate of the workforce as a whole. These are – in the main – high-skilled, knowledge-intensive and resilient to future automation. Employers are crying out for talent with a mix of arts and science knowledge” (NESTA, 2014).

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How can your company access our resources?

The support we can provide is tailored to the needs and requirements of our industry partners and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You might want to explore the use of biocompatible resin to prototype a new medical device, or to utilise our robotic arms to explore their applicability to for your smart manufacturing project. Maybe you are at early stages of your innovation lifecycle requiring the development of proof of concepts and prototypes to further refine your product or service. Or, maybe your company already has a product and is outlining alternatives for manufacturing, scalability and commercialisation.

Through a series of different approaches including collaborative research, knowledge transfer partnerships, consultancy and student-led assignments we can support your short or long term project in the prototyping and development of your product to help you overcome the complexities and challenges along the way. 

For any queries please feel free to contact us directly


Additive Manufacturing

  • Fused Filament Fabrication: Ultimaker S5 3D printers (build volume 330x240x300 mm, compatible with high-strength glass and carbon fiber filament).
  • Fused Filament Fabrication: Ultimaker 3 3D printers (build volume 197x215x300 mm, dual extrusion).
  • Stereolithrography: Form 2 3D printers (build volume 145x145x175 mm, multiple resin-based printing options including clear, tough, castable, flexible, and biocompatible dental resin).
  • Low force Stereolithography: Form 3 3D printers (build volume 145x145x185 mm, multiple resin-based printing options including clear, tough, castable, flexible, and biocompatible dental resin).
  • Polyjet: Stratasys Objet30 Prime (build volume 294x192x148 mm, model material includes rigid/opaque, transparent, simulated polypropilene, high-termperature, rubber/flexible material, and bio-compatible).

Laser Cutting

  • Laser cutters VLS6.60 (60 W, laser cutting dimensions 813x457 mm).
  • Laser cutters GC X380 (80 W, laser cutting dimensions 900x600 mm).

Laser Scanning

  • Sense (1st Gen) 3D scanner: 8-118 inches scanning volume, point-to-point spacing ~0.025 in.
  • Artec Space Spider 3D scanner: Up to 0.05 mm point accuracy, accuracy over distance up to 0.03% over 100 cm, working distance 0.2-0.3 m.
  • Artec Leo 3D scanner: Up to 0.1 mm point accuracy, accuracy over distance up to 0.03% over 100 cm, working distance 0.35-1.2 m.
  • Artec Ray long-range 3D scanner: 110m distance, ranging error 0.7mm @ 15m, 2 integrated 5 mpx cameras.
CNC Milling

  • CNC router AYXZ4008 (with vacuum bed and tool changer)
  • Roland MDX-540 milling machines: XYZ-axis travel 500x400x155 mm, include ZAT-540 tool changer and ZCL-540 rotatory axis. Usable materials include plastics, resin, wood and non-ferrous metals.
  • Roland MDX-50 milling machines: Operating range 400x305x135 mm. Usable materials include wood and modelling wax.


  • EPSON 6-axis robotic arms VT6: 90mm reach, 3-5 kg payload capacity. This resource is operated in collaboration with the School of Engineering.



Keep up to date with the latest events.

Workshop: Generative Design for Additive Manufacturing, Summer School School of Art, Design and Architecture.
13 August, 09:00 - 17:30, Roland Levinsky Building
Discover our Summer School

Workshop: Design Robotics, Summer School School of Art, Design and Architecture, in partnership with the School of Engineering.
14 August, 09:00 - 17:30, Roland Levinsky Building
Find out more about our Summer Schools

Workshop: Digital Making (Clay 3D Printing)
22-23 August, Ceramics Workshop (Scott Building)

Join us for a 2-day workshop exploring clay and its opportunities as a digital material, combining hand making with 3D modelling and printing technologies.

Book your place

Workshop: Design Robotics

Our recent workshop on robotic art was conducted in partnership with the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics during the School of Art, Design and Architecture Summer School. The students were from partner institutions in China and we explored over two days the use of 3D printing and robotic technologies for painting and drawing applications. This workshop is the first cross-school activity utilising the EPSON Robotic Arms we were awarded by EPSON Europe.

Staff: Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes, Dr Mario Gianni, Mr Alfred Wilmot (Research Assistant), Jack Hodges (Student Ambassador), Thabiso Nyezi (Student Ambassador)

Funding: School of Art, Design and Architecture Summer School, South West Creative Technology Network (Automation Fellowship by Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes).

Meet the team

Digital Fabrication Laboratory

Digital Fabrication Lab, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Roland Levinsky Building 112, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA