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Fabrication Studio: Plastics Shop


The Plastics Shop (Room 117) is a well-equipped space that provides students with access to the facilities and equipment required for plastic fabrication. Processes undertaken in the Plastics Shop include:

  • Cutting (table saw, band saws liquid cooled and dry cut, shear, panel saw, chop saw)
  • Abrasive shaping (dry and wet belt sanding, spindle sanding)
  • Machining (milling machine, lathes, drill press, jointer, routing)
  • Vacuum forming
  • Heat forming and bending
  • Vacuum degassing
  • Buffing/polishing
  • Pressure casting


The following materials are readily available for students to purchase:

Sheet materials

  • Acrylic: clear, translucent, opaque
  • Polycarbonate
  • Co Polyester/Vivak/Uvex
  • Styrene
  • Low/high-density polyethylene
  • 100% recycled post-consumer polyethylene
  • UHMW polyethylene
  • Phenolic
  • ABS
  • Urethane foam
  • Expanded polystyrene foam (blue insulation)
  • Fiberglass/carbon fibre


  • Acrylic
  • Polycarbonate
  • UHMW polyethylene
  • High-density polyethylene
  • Teflon
  • Nylon

Casting resins/rubber

  • Acrylic
  • Polyester: clear, general purpose, gelcoat
  • Various epoxies
  • Silastic M silicone rubber

See the Buying Materials page for purchasing details.


The Plastics Shop is currently closed for summer maintenance and holiday break.  Please check back in June 2018 for an updated schedule.

Studio schedules are subject to change without notice. Please consult studio doors for the most up-to-date information.


John Diessel
4176-977-6000, Ext. 244
Office: 117a