MME Workshop and 3D Printing

The MME School Workshop is located in Room 120 of Willis Annexe (J18) and caters to MME researchers and students. The workshop is modern, very well equipped, and staffed by highly experienced and highly skilled Workshop Technical Officers.


What can be made in the workshop? 

The workshop has the following equipment/capabilities:

  • Two CNC Machining Centers (one 3 axis vertical, one 4 axis vertical)
  • Two CNC Lathes (one is 2 axes, one is 3 axes)
  • Two Manual Milling Machines (Bridgeport vertical machines)
  • Two Manual Lathes (one large and one smaller)
  • Fabrication & Assembly (Guillotine, Magnabend sheetmetal bender)
  • Welding (Mig, Tig and stick welders as well as oxy/acetylene gas welding/brazing)

Staff can assist you with material selection, suppliers and suggested contacts for external service providers (e.g. wire cutting, heat treatment etc). In most instances this information is provided by the Lab Technical Officer in charge of the lab you are working in.

How do I get something made? 

To submit a job or request to the workshop please follow the instructions below:

  1. Discuss the job with the Lab Technical Officer in charge of your relevant area before developing the detailed drawings. Technical Officers are happy to provide guidance in design, material selection and manufacture.
  2. Develop initial drawings/sketches and organize with your Lab Technical Officer to meet with you and workshop staff to confirm concept design and ability to manufacture, i.e., can the workshop make it or does it need to be sent out?
  3. Further develop the drawings in CAD and obtain final signature and approval from the Technical Officer in your lab area (and your Academic Supervisor if needed). 
  4. Meet with Lab Technical staff and workshop staff to submit the final drawings.
  5. Confirm the Workshop Job Form is completed, drawings have all relevant dimensions, tolerances and finishing details and are also checked/confirmed by Workshop Officers for ability to manufacture.
  6. Order appropriate materials with your Lab Technical Officer.

I've submitted my design and ordered materials. What happens next?


The job will be listed in the Workshop Job Queue (see below). Please note that the job will not appear in the queue until all drawings are complete, material is available and any specially purchased tooling has arrived. 

The priority of a job can only be changed by the Laboratory Manager. Large jobs (greater than 10 days work) need the approval of the Laboratory Manager.

 If specially ordered consumables (cutters, reamers etc) are required for the job, the Workshop will cover up to $100 but then a project code must be provided for additional costs.

 If part of the job is required to be completed via an external contractor (e.g. laser cutting, wire EDM), a project code must be provided for these costs. You will be consulted before this occurs.

I need to contact workshop staff. How do I do that? 

Please ask your Technical Officer for assistance. 

What is the status of my project? 

Workshop job list (last updated 24/1/2020)