Welcome to the Rapid Prototyping Centre

The Rapid Prototyping Centre provides high quality 3D printing, circuit board manufacturing, and laser cutting to students, staff and faculty, with a focus on undergraduate students and design teams at the University of Waterloo. 

Let us help turn your ideas into reality.

3D Printing 

  • Two in-house production grade fused deposition modelling 3D printers
  • At cost production 
  • Short turn around times
  • For more information visit 3D Printing.

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Manufacturing (Closed until further notice)

  • Tabletop PCB milling and drilling machine, along with via through-plating machine in order to create PCBs of one to two layers
  • At cost production
  • 4 day turn around time
  • For more information visit Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing.

Laser Cutting

  • CO2 laser with 28" x 40" cutting bed
  • Parts can be ordered and paid for online using the laser cutter request form
  • Materials provided by the centre when you pay for your order
  • Capable of cutting 1/4", 1/8" acrylic and 1/8" fiberboard
  • Laser Cutting Prices
    1/8" Fiberboard 1/8" Acrylic 1/4" Acrylic
    $2.00 per square foot $4.50 per square foot $6.50 per square foot

Why use the Rapid Prototyping Centre?

Turning ideas into a 3D printed part is a simple and easy process. Take a look at this video to see the benefits of coming in to E5-2002 for a print.