Our Facilities


Rooms 3020 & 3875: These two workshop spaces were designed by students in our Spatial Design courses to be places for students to work on projects in a team environment. The spaces are transformable and can adapt to the changing needs of the project being worked on. Room 3240 is also available as a studio space during certain hours.

Solid Space Fabrication Lab / Workshop


Solid Space Fabrication Lab: 3701 & 3702:

The SIAT digital fabrication and prototyping lab allows students to realize their digital design projects in a tangible way. It serves SIAT community, but opportunities to access 3d digital services outside the community exist too.

Please note that those needing ongoing shop and digital lab access in the semester will need to take SFU's EHRS Shop Safety module, delivered online via Canvas.

For shop use, you will also need to complete a physical shop orientation as well.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE CUT-OFF DATES EACH SEMESTER FOR SAFETY TRAINING. The last month of each semester is for actual shop use only. If you miss the window of time we deliver training in, you will have to wait to take it until the next semester. 

All those outside of IAT 437 and 336 will need to pay fees for access (by semester). If you are in that category, request lab use by emailing maja_jensen@sfu.ca. You will be invoiced. Then payment(s) can be processed by admin staff on podium 2. Note: only cash or cheques are accepted, and new requests for lab access are cut off aprox 1 month before semester end (emails are sent out to remind faculty and students)


Maja Jensen, Production Technologist
Email: maja_jensen@sfu.ca, Phone: 778-782-8911.

Hours & bookings:

Solid Space is available from 9-4pm, Monday – Thursday, by appointment. Email spacetime@sfu.ca

Course Access: Instructors who wish to use Solid Space resources for their classes must complete the following form:


Solid Space is entered by accessing the graduate student area at SIAT or via 3702. Undergraduate students will not have access to Solid Space through this area as it is accessed by card key. Undergraduate students will be required to contact Production Technologist to physically access the Lab.

Notable machines are 2, ULS laser cutters, Fortus 250mc 3D printer, Ultimaker 3d printer, CNC and 3D scanners. There is also an assortment of woodworking tools and portable power tools.

Note that our laser cutters cut combustibles only, thus we cannot cut metals, glass and the like.

Due to space and resource limitations, and focus as a modelmaking shop, we cannot accommodate spray finishing, metalworking, planing/jointing of wood (straightening of lumber), or cutting of large panels/sheet goods.


Student Work

Detailed Usage Guidelines

* Solid Space Student QuickHandouts V6_UG 2016.pdf
UG start here: For IAT UG students to get started.
* 2013 Shop Safety Manual Surrey.pdf
EHS Safety Manual (2013 is latest version)
* 3D print Guidelines V7 2016.pdf
Information on the Fortus 250m printing process, and other info including costs.
* Laser Guidelines V6 2016.pdf
Information on the Universal Laser Cutter 50 watt, and how to prepare files for cutting.
* Solid Space Guidelines, for Instructors and TAs 2016.pdf
Information and policy materials for TAs, Faculty, Techs, RAs

3d print resources: For our printers, the Ditto Pro and Ultimaker 2+

Tinkerine’s Software Suite (for Ditto Pro) http://tinkerine.com/tinkerine-suite/

Ultimaker’s Cura Software Suite (for Ultimaker 2+) https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software

Ultimakers lessons & troubleshooting: https://ultimaker.com/en/resources/education/lessons

Ultimakers software resources (3d modelers, fixing files, tutorials etc)


3D Printing & Design Tutorials: Via Shapeways (includes information on how to use Meshlab, Netfabb, etc, modelling good .stl’s, etc)


Modifying or Repairing STLS: 

Autodesk Netfabb is installed in the Firemans drop-in lab, on the mezzanine, for fixing .stl files.

It is also capable of additional functions, such as slicing files too.

Other options for fixing files, and available for free download include:

http://www.meshmixer.com/ (also for making models and modifying them)


Forming Resource (for Formech 300XQ former in 3350)

Manufacturers official manual. Actual use notes start around pg8.

Machine has a 17' x 11" forming area (sheet used would be around 19" x 13" max). Max depth of draw (aka mold or plug height) would be around 6". Max material thickness is approx 0.25".

Guide to Vacuum Forming (by mfg)


Video Room (Room 3815)

Green Screen Room
used for video production and editing – motion picture
Sound Design Room
used for editing sound – music & effects

Virtual Reality Room (Room 3880)

  • Used for video game simulation & artificial intelligence simulation

Interactivity lab / Black Box (Room 3850)

Interactivity Lab / Black Box (Room 3850)

The Interactivity Lab (the i-lab) is a specialized black box space equipped with moving dance floors, overhead rigging, floor to ceiling curtains, advanced computing, camera and lighting equipment, as well as an enclosed glass sound room. The Interactivity Lab is connected to the Fabrication Lab (3800) allowing flexibility for expansion between the spaces, and co-research between the two labs.

* BlackBox_Equipment_List.xls
A listing of available equipment
Layout of the room

General Use Spaces

Computer Labs: We have a number of state-of-the-art computer labs with the latest tools and software to enable our students to gain experience working on industry-used software and programs. For example, Adobe Creative Suite.

Team Rooms: Small meeting rooms that are booked by students to accommodate their project needs.

Classrooms: Our classrooms are equipped with digital projection systems and many have surround sound to support our technology-based learning and teaching environments. Recently the campus welcomed a high definition, 3D digital theatre (Room 2600), which was donated to the University.

Our classes are smaller than most at the University as we tend to run largely a lecture-tutorial model. Our students have the opportunity to interact very closely with their instructors and peers in a tutorial setting.