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New digital maker studio will better prepare students for labour market

Equipment and tables set up in the Experimental Fabrication Studio and one man sitting at one of the tables.

OCAD U's new digital maker facility, the Experimental Fabrication Studio at 205 Richmond St. W.

OCAD U’s new digital maker facility, the Experimental Fabrication Studio, is set to enhance student learning experiences by equipping students with the digital and tech skills they will need to thrive on-the-job, in an ever-evolving digital world.

Now open at 205 Richmond St. W., the new 4500 sq.ft. studio houses the latest in digital media and advanced manufacturing equipment including robotic arms, laser cutters and 3D printers.

While OCAD U already offers a robust system of research labs and fabrication studios, the new manufacturing equipment is transformative, providing students with opportunities to work directly with advanced prototyping and manufacturing systems, specifically embedded electronics and collaborative robotic manufacturing.

Designing with aesthetic principles in a real-world context will propel students to provide world-class expertise and hands-on support for industrial design, UX design, information design, data design, design-driven prototyping and manufacturing, and other evolving digital design needs.

Access to the new equipment will also allow OCAD U to grow high-demand programs, as well as new technology-based micro-credentials programs.

Priority will be given to graduate students in all programs, and undergraduate students in Digital Futures and Industrial Design.

Students from other programs may contact the technicians to see if they can be accommodated.

The University’s extensive team of technicians will train students and faculty to safely and properly use the equipment.

OCAD University acknowledges public funding for this project from the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities 2021-2022 Training Equipment and Renewal Fund. TERF helps universities to renew and modernize state-of-the-art equipment and better prepare students for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. OCAD University received $477,904 to upgrade equipment in studios and research facilities in order to enhance training and experimental learning in film, TV, digital media and animation including micro-credentials. 

How to book time:


  • 10 a.m. to 4.p.m., Monday to Thursday.

New wood shop equipment and space at the Experimental Fabrication Studio.New wood shop at the Experimental Fabrication Studio

Physical computing fabrication area at the Experimental Fabrication StudioPhysical computing fabrication area at the Experimental Fabrication Studio

Logo: Funding provided in part by The Government of Ontario.