LaunchPad Science Maker Lab
Operating the Vacuum FormerDesigned and made in the LaunchPad Science Maker Lab, the vacuum former is a quick and powerful tool for making housings, packaging and embossed signs. The low unit cost of vacuum forming makes it great for making multiple copies of a suitable part.
Brainstorming with a Mentor
Expert mentors help student groups with strategy, process, project management or technical questions. Program coordinator Ron Daniels can help students learn techniques to streamline brainstorming sessions so they can get from idea to prototype more quickly.
From Design to Finished PartUsing Dassault SolidWorks, students can design and virtually assemble parts, run simulations, test electrical circuits and create photo-realistic renderings, all before producing a physical prototype such as this 3-D printed one.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It!
The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab is a space located in the Science Research Centre on the Waterloo campus (SR217) where Laurier students and LaunchPad teams can go to make and/or test tangible prototypes for their business ideas. While it is a Faculty of Science initiative staffed by Science personnel, this extracurricular (not for credit) laboratory is open to the entire Laurier student body if you fit the eligibility requirements.
The Maker Lab is a major part of the Science Entrepreneurship program – however, you are not required to complete (or even plan to complete) the whole program.
The lab is equipped with basic workshop tools that can be used to create a huge array of physical prototypes quickly. There is also a growing array of more specialized equipment in the lab, ranging from a 3D printer to a laser cutter. We also have state-of-the-art computer equipment and software.
If you need equipment that is more specialized than what we have in the lab, you can apply for access to Faculty of Science equipment. If necessary, our mentors and staff can also help you tender work to be done by outside companies.
So… what do you want to create in the Laurier LaunchPad Science Maker Lab?
Support for LaunchPad Science Maker Lab Groups
LaunchPad Science Maker Lab groups are supported by a strong infrastructure of Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation programs, as well as new and emerging programs such as Game Design and Development and User Experience Design at Laurier’s Brantford campus. These programs and courses could help your group in a variety of areas such as developing a business plan, learning accounting skills, or acting as focus groups for product or concept testing.
As this program continues to grow, a system will be set up where Science Maker Lab groups seeking to fill gaps in their group's skill set will be able to find students with those skills who are looking to get involved with a LaunchPad Science Maker Lab project.
- EP Labs: Bacteriological plastics.
- Enactus Laurier 2016/17: Furniture from recycled materials.
- Virion Games: App-based education games for middle-school-aged students.
- Artztech: More comfortable and capable computer interfaces.
- Inksmith: Several projects in the 3D printing space.
- Event Lab: Experiential carbon dioxide project.
- Netwrist: Wearable tech networking devices.
- Full Circle Technologies: Better bicycle seats.
- Jess and Mel: Fusion between two forms of visual art.
- Sincerely Muse: Custom, brand-building thank-you cards and associated items.
- Company to be Named: Water damage prevention.
The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab would like to thank the following groups for bringing this service to Laurier students:
- The Ian and Hilary McLean Fund in Support of Science Entrepreneurship
- The Wilfrid Laurier University Student Life Levy