Product Design Facilities
Explore the facilities and equipment you'll be using on your course.
Our students benefit from a huge range of specialist facilities across our Product Design courses. From dedicated design studios to materials and prototyping workshops and study centre, there is space and resource for everyone to work, learn and develop as a designer.
Our CAD tuition will take you from the basics to advanced level. You'll work with a range of programmes, including Solidworks which enables you to model designs in 3D space and output them through animations, rapid prototyping or through our manufacturing machine workshops.
You'll be well trained and trained to operate the machinery in this fully-equipped workshop. The space is equipped with metal bending equipment, CNC lathes, 4 axis millers, plasma cutters, laser cutters, water jet cutters and unique welding machinery.
Our prototyping workshops are the perfect place to test and develop your designs and products. You'll find student product designers, furniture designers and architectural designers in this space.
For some projects that involve creating models from wood, you'll work in this space filled with the equipment and technical expertise required to support.
Tech Studio and Electronics Lab
Our tech lab provides you with the equipment needed to test designs and create small circuits or programming to aid final prototypes and designs.
3D Printing Studio
In our 3D Printing facility, you'll be able to produce models on CAD stations and then send it to print for it to be manufactured.
Studios and workspaces
Based in the beautiful Grade II* listed Arkwright building, our undergraduate studio provides big, open creative spaces to collaborate, undertake group and individual work, sketch, develop projects, undertake soft modelling with card and paper, have presentations and critique sessions.
Also based in the Arkwright building, this is a dedicated creative study space for postgraduate product design students. This will be your base as a postgraduate student where you'll work on projects, engage in seminars, lectures, presentations and critique sessions.
Based in the Maudslay building, this is the perfect space for private study and is equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
Colour your designs in our spray booth, based in the Maudslay workshops. It's a ventilated room used for the spray painting of fabricated items and project work, with a waterfall backdrop to trap overspray.
This space in our Maudslay workshops is the perfect place for professional standard photography of design projects.
You'll have access to this workshop in your tutorials and for group and individual project work. The space is well-equipped with machinery and used by all students in the School.
Industry-standard computer software
You'll have access to a range of software to aid your project developments:
- Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium CS5 (including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamworks, Acrobat Pro);
- Autodesk Productivity Suite (including AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max Design with VRay);
- Cinema 4D Artlantis, Rhino, Solidworks, Primavera, Vectorworks and Hevacomp; and
- Microsoft Office suite.