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Equipment

In addition to basic workshop tools, the LaunchPad Science Maker Lab boasts a growing range of specialized equipment in the lab, including:

  • A 14" x 22" effective table-sized vacuum-forming machine designed, assembled and commissioned in the Laurier LaunchPad Science Maker Lab.
  • A three-dimensional (3D) printer.
  • A laser cutter.

These capabilities mean that you can make a 3D object by building it from “nothing,” by carving it from a larger block, or by cutting sheet wood and assembling it into a 3D structure (great for making frames).

To develop and create ideas, and produce promotional materials for your products, the lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer, loaded with the entire Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and Dassault SolidWorks for 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Peripherals include a colour printer/scanner/fax and a Wacom Intuos Pro artist’s input tablet. You can do everything from making promotional videos and slideshows to animating to simulating the flow in an injection-molded part with this powerful set of programs.

So… what can you create in the Laurier LaunchPad Science Maker Lab? Anything you can touch, feel, hear, or see!

In-Lab Equipment

The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab has a variety of tools to allow for the following kinds of in-house activities:

  • Creating wooden or foam parts and plugs for prototypes.
  • Cold casting parts.
  • Mould-making and fiberglass/Kevlar/carbon fiber layup.
  • Vacuum forming housings, mould cavities, 3D signage.
  • 3D printing prototype parts or assemblies.
  • Laser cutting/etching.
  • Assembling and electrical components/circuits.
  • Creating electronic circuits.
  • Measuring temperatures (surface and air).
  • Accurately measuring component dimensions.
  • Assembling functional prototypes by integrating handmade specialized parts with off-the shelf components.

Access to More Physical Resources

Faculty of Science Resources

Science Entrepreneurship goes beyond the LaunchPad Science Maker Lab physical space. If you need more specialized equipment available in other Faculty of Science labs, such as a mass spectrometer, fume hood or glassware stirrer, we can arrange access to those resources for you, ensure you meet all the lab safety requirements such as training, and arrange for any necessary mentorship in the relevant discipline. This access will be on an as-needed, as-available basis.

See more information about lab equipment at the Science Research Centre and Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science.

External Capabilities

When the job is too big, too dirty or too risky to be done in the lab, our experienced lab staff and mentors can help guide you through the process of developing specifications and tendering this work. We can help you find and contract component suppliers, machine shops, foundries, tool and die companies, contract injection moldering companies, packaging companies and shipping companies.

Computer Capabilities

The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab is equipped with a powerful, state-of-the-art computer that has the software and hardware needed to turn your imagination into reality. The computer is available to the lab clients for the research and design of their products, as well as for producing professional-quality presentations, videos, animated shorts, flyers/posters, renderings or any other support materials needed to speed you along the way to business success. Each individual or lab group gets their own profile on the computer with a private log-in. You also have access to the following:

Contact Us:

Program Coordinator

E: Ron Daniels
T: 519.884.0710 x2413
Office Location: SR 314 (Science Research Building, Waterloo campus)

Office Hours:

Tuesday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Technical Assistance and Access to Alternate Work Spaces

E: Max Pottier
T: 519.884.0710 x2361
Office Location: SR 314 (Science Research Building, Waterloo campus)

General and Administrative Enquiries

E: Dean of Science Office
Office Location: N1048 (Science Building, Waterloo campus)