Prototype room

We provide state-of-the-art design fabrication at Launchpad to enable you to create a prototype of your idea and take it to the next level.

The prototype room at Launchpad houses state-of-the-art 3D and other print services which students and partners working with students can access for free as part of coursework or visualising an entrepreneurial idea.

3D Printers

3D printer printing in progress

We have two UPBOX+ 3D printers available to use at no cost to students when producing a prototype or model related to coursework or a business concept.

Find out more about UPBOX+ on their website.


We offer two services:

1. Submit your own print job

You can print your own original design using our 3D printers by simply submitting the below request form and either a .stl or.obj file of your 3D object to:

For those not experienced in CAD we recommend using Fusion 360 to create your model for 3D printing or for something simpler, Tinkercad.

Request form:


When submitting your request, please indicate which material you require:

  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is an oil based plastic which is a strong, sturdy material often used for constructing plastic car parts, musical instruments and Lego, but does offer less fine detail than PLA. ABS printing is completely safe on UPBOX+
  • PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) is made from organic material – specifically corn starch and sugarcane. This makes it easy and safe to use, it gives a smoother and shinier appearance than ABS that’s more aesthetically pleasing. It will also print finer detail than ABS but is not as strong.

We will then arrange a time for you to print your item as print jobs are processed through Tiertime software from computers within the Prototype room.

2. Get help with design and printing

If you would like to learn more about the 3D printing process, how to send the job through to the printer or support with designing your object in Fusion 360, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

3D printing workshops will be also available throughout the year and advertised through our event calendar.

Other equipment

We also have an Epson A0 printer and A0 guillotine, vinyl plotter cutter and VR equipment. 3D and vinyl printing is free for students when related to an entrepreneurial project or coursework. Students can print up to 2 free copies using the A0 printer when producing prints related to coursework.

Please contact us to arrange use of this equipment.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to talk to us and learn more, please get in touch.

Drop in

Launchpad is located at the heart of Murdoch University’s Perth campus, in the Geoffrey Bolton Library.


Contact the Launchpad team at