Building 7 has more than one subterranean secret – think the 220-seat Super Lab and robotic Library Retrieval System. Now, it’s about to get another, with construction in progress for a multi-faculty facility known intriguingly as the ProtoSpace.
Here, we answer some burning questions about this unique facility.
What is the ProtoSpace?
ProtoSpace will be what’s known as an ‘additive’ manufacturing facility, incorporating 3D printing facilities to create products using a variety of different materials. There will also be presentation spaces and creative pods for student use.
Artist's impression of the Proto Space
What makes it unique?
This purpose-built facility will bring prototype testing and product manufacture within the reach of students at all levels, as well as staff, industry partners and potentially even the community and high school students.
Who’s going to use it?
ProtoSpace will be shared by FEIT, DAB and Science, and available primarily to undergrads, postgrads, research and capstone students as well as staff and industry partners.
How will they use it?
The relevant people will be informed about the ProtoSpace’s operation and booking system in due course.
Where is it and how big is it?
Located on level 1 in Building 7 (the same level as the Science Super Lab), the ProtoSpace will take over a 950 sqm area previously used for storage.
What other facilities will it incorporate?
As well as the additive manufacturing facilities, the ProtoSpace will include some traditional subtractive manufacturing equipment, which cuts the product from a solid block of material. There will also be an AV-equipped collaborative learning space, an office area, a secure staff workshop and materials storage.
What’s the program of works?
Construction began in May 2017 and is expected to be complete during July 2017. The space will open later in the year, following the delivery and set-up of equipment.
Will there be any impacts from the work?
Staff working in the LRS sorting area may experience some noise impacts while work is underway on the ProtoSpace. Thanks for bearing with us.