Fabrication Lab (Fab-Lab)

The Fabrication Shop is a service of the Department of Biological Sciences, located at G-117C, in the Genetics wing of the Biological Sciences Building.

For over forty years, the Fabrication shop has assisted researchers, technicians and graduate students in designing and building research equipment for specialized projects.

We can assist you with fabrication, prototyping, repair, procurement of specialty materials and designing cost-effective research solutions. See some example projects on our Projects page.

Current shop technician Jeff Johnston has over 15 years of experience in Industrial Design, prototyping, and fabrication using a wide range of materials and processes. In addition, he is an Industrial Design instructor and holds his degree from the University of Alberta.

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What We Do

Fabrication / Prototyping

We specialize in fabricating research equipment, and will advise on materials, techniques and modifications to help meet your needs.


We can offer advice to optimize the efficiency and budget for your project.

3D Modelling and Drafting

We are trained in CAD drafting, 3D digital modelling and illustration.


We offer repair services for equipment that gets broken in the field or lab. Often times, repair is less costly than replacing equipment entirely.

Equipment and Materials


Laser Cutting Machine

Create custom parts and intricate designs from a variety of materials that are too intricate to cut by hand. This machine can cut sharp angles, smooth curves, small screw holes and complex lace designs. It was also engrave text, logos and photos on your project. Note: the laser cutting machine is incompatible with PVC plastic or metal.

Metal work

Welder, brazing torches, 4ft brake, box bender, cut off saws, lathe and milling machine.

Wood / Plastic tools

Chop saw, panel saw, table saw, planers, jointers, band saw, drills, sanders and other hand tools.


Specialty Materials

Our industry connections with a wide range of local and global suppliers allow us to procure standard and specialty materials on your behalf at a competitive rate.

Standard Materials

Wood, metals, plastics (acrylic, PP, Pe), carbon fibre, casting plastics or rubbers and gaskets.

Note: the shop is not equipped to handle electrical devices.