Students being shown a Water Jet Cutter the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde.

Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management Our facilities

3D printing & manufacturing facilities

We're well equipped with state-of-the-art tools to help design, prototype, manufacture and perform research on a broad range of items.

Our skills and equipment are put to work on a number of commercial and research projects.

Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)

The AFRC is a part of the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management.

It is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government, and leading multinational engineering firms including:

  • Aubert & Duval
  • Barnes Aerospace
  • Boeing
  • Rolls-Royce

The AFRC has £30m worth of production scale forging and forming equipment and a range of test, analysis and measurement facilities to support the design and manufacture of metallic components for a range of sectors.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems laboratory

Find out more about facilities at the AFRC.

Rapid Prototyping

We host one of the most advanced rapid prototyping & manufacturing labs in the UK.

Our facilities in this area include:

  • Fused Deposition Modelling
  • 3D Printing
  • 3&4 Axis CNC
  • Laser Cutter/Etcher
  • Engraver
  • Printing

Virtual Prototyping

In this field we offer:

  • Stereoscopic projection system

Reverse Engineering Capability

Our facilities in this field include:

  • 3D Colour Laser Scanner
  • 3D Laser Scanner
  • Metrology


Our department is home to the Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory (SMeSTech).

Work in this field advances research in space related robotic, vision, and mechatronic technology and systems development.

This is achieved by generating novel conceptual solutions for space exploitation which require high-level intelligence, fast response and efficiency.

Research expertise includes:

  • model based decision making
  • operations planning
  • visual object recognition & tracking
  • the design of novel & smart mechanisms for space mechatronic systems

Design and development tools include the GeMoCure modular design tool, the 3 pillars of mechatronic design, the DeCoSolver constraint-based multidisciplinary design tool, and the ProConDes and Schemebuilder function modelling systems.

Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory, Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management

SMeSTech also uses an Ethernet and EtherCAT network of three industrial robots, several embedded processors, and 2-D and 3-D cameras including a stereo Random Point Projection system for identifying and interacting with objects in real time.

These components are used in concert for development of intelligent automated systems, visual and sensory navigation and docking systems, and manipulation tasks. Machine shop facilities and rapid-prototyping laboratories provide a variety of fabrication and testing options for prototype hardware.