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.

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

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Let us help turn your ideas into reality

Now Offering Complimentary Desktop 3D Printing

  • Five available desktop 3D printers: Prusa i3 MK3S+
  • No charge for material 
  • First-come first-served basis
  • In person only

3D Printing 

Undergrad Pricing:

Material Standard Enahnced
Abs $4.00/inch³ $6.00/inch³
PC $8.00/inch³ $10.00/inch³
PC-ABS $8.00/inch³ $10.00/inch³

Grad/Faculty Pricing:

  • All Materials standard $8.00/inch³, enhanced $10.00/inch³


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" clear acrylic and 1/8" fiberboard


Laser Cutting Prices 

1/8" HDF (Fiberboard) 1/8" Acrylic 1/4" Acrylic
$2.00 per square foot $4.50 per square foot $6.50 per square foot