Engineering Workshop

The Engineering Workshop has been running since 1938, providing high-quality workmanship and service to the University’s Engineering research staff and undergraduate students. The workshop staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable in manufacturing and offer a wide range of services, from building reactor columns for research to manufacturing a support bracket. They support students in the design and manufacture of their research equipment by providing design consultancy and manufacturing services such as:

  • CNC machining
  • Conventional machining (turning, milling)
  • Welding fabrication
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Plumbing
  • 3D Printing and Scanning
Engineering Workshop

The workshop houses two CNC Centres (mills) and a CNC lathe for the manufacture of high precision components. A resident staff member skilled in CNC operation and programming is available during opening hours for consultation. The workshop also houses an array of equipment for additive manufacturing. Tools and equipment may be loaned and minor consumable items (nuts, bolts, washers, small pieces of materials, etc) supplied free of charge to Engineering staff and students.

Makerbot replicator+ and Z18

Rack of Makerbot replicator+ and Z18 3D printers in the Engineering Workshop

The Makerbot replicator+ [manufacturer’s reference] and Z18 [manufacturer’s reference] 3D printers are instant-on machines with zero learning curve and the software and Thingiverse model collection means that you’ll always have stuff to print. The resolution is more acceptable and complex pieces come out beautifully detailed and immediately usable.

Key specifications

  • Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Build Volume: 29.5 L x 19.5 W x 16.5 H cm (replicator+), 30.0 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm (Z18)
  • Material: PLA

Makerbot Method X

Makerbot Method X

The Makerbot METHOD X [manufacturer’s reference] uses real ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material with soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts.

A real ABS part printed on METHOD X has much higher rigidity and strength than PLA or modified ABS 3D printers without warping or cracking.

Key specifications

  • Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Build Volume: 19 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm
  • Material: Real ABS

Markforged MARK TWO

Markforged MARK TWO

The Markforged [manufacturer’s reference] 3D printer prints composite parts as strong as aluminum that are 10x the strength of plastic by reinforcing chopped-carbon nylon with continuous strands of fiberglass. As an industrial 3D printer in a desktop form factor, the Mark Two delivers high-performance parts straight off the print bed.

Key specifications

  • Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Build Volume: 19 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm
  • Material: Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar, HSHT Fiberglass (High-Strength High-Temperature Fiberglass)

Stratasys Connex3 Objet260

Stratasys Objet260 Connex3

The Connex3 Objet260 [manufacturer’s reference] is one of the most versatile and precise commercialised polyjet 3D printers with multi-material color 3D printing functionality. The widest range of material properties for its class means the Connex3 3D prints any type of model you may need: from rigid to flexible, transparent to opaque, neutral to vibrant, standard to bio-compatible and durable to high temperature.

Key specifications

  • Layer Resolution: 16 microns (based on size: under 100 mm ±100μ; above 100 mm ±200μ)
  • Build Volume: 87 L x 120 W x 73.5 H cm

Materials

  • Rigid Opaque: VeroPureWhite™, VeroWhitePlus™, VeroBlackPlus™, VeroGray™, VeroBlue™, VeroCyan™, VeroMagenta™, VeroYellow™, VeroMagentaV™, VeroYellowV™
  • Rubber-like: Agilus30™, TangoPlus™, TangoBlackPlus™, TangoBlack™, TangoGray™
  • Transparent: VeroClear™ and RGD720
  • Simulated Polypropylene: Rigur™ and Durus™
  • High Temperature
  • Bio-compatible

Contact the Lab Manager

To arrange access or use of these facilities, contact:

Lab Manager
Allen Mari Pilares
Email
allen.pilares@unimelb.edu.au
Phone
+61 3 9035 8760