3D Facilities, Wolverhampton School of Art, University of Wolverhampton

Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops

Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops

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Students from our undergraduate and postgraduate courses have access to exceptional Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops. In total, there are six fully equipped specialist workshops offering an extensive range of materials and processes – all supported by a full team of technical support staff.

Virtual tour of the Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops

Click on the image below and take a tour around our facilities, please note the Mattertag hotspots (white circles) – these contain information about specific equipment.

Workshops include

Wood workshop

The wood workshop has four specialist circular saws for preparation of materials from rough sizing through to precision cutting. It is professionally equipped for producing a range of prototypes and has a comprehensive range of tools for bench and hand work.

Machine tools include:

  • Hand and table routers
  • Morticers
  • Dovetailing machines
  • Wood lathes

A number of other processes are available for the forming of timber using our steam bending and vacuum press for lamination work. These facilities are complemented by a large scale CNC Router which enables designs to be produced using the 3D CAD software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD and ArtCAM.

2 fine metal workshops

they include:

  • 2 specialist jewellery and silversmithing benches
  • Acid etching and annealing processes
  • Facilities for chasing and repoussé work, and the drawing of non ferrous metals
  • 3 brazing hearths and forging facilities, complemented by specialist polishing equipment
  • A sound booth with a large array of dies and stakes for forming and shaping non ferrous metals
The engineering workshop


  • Lathes · A large scale milling machine
  • Hand tools for shaping and forming metals
  • Power fed tube forming equipment – as well as more traditional forming processes
The welding room includes:
  • MIG, TIG, Spot and Plasma cutters
  • Specialist extraction systems
  • A finishing spray booth – which enables prototypes to be completed to a high professional standard
Plastics modelling workshops

There are two plastics modelling workshops. They include a state of the art laser cutter /engraving machine and vacuum forming equipment. The workshop is fully equipped to construct and form polymers. It also includes two kilns that enable materials to be thermoformed along with hot wire cutters to form and sculpt modelling foam. Other facilities in the plastics modelling workshops include:

  • Mould-making
  • A wet resin room for forming glass and carbon fibre lamination
  • A resin casting facility
  • Spray and sand blasting machines
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In Focus

Learn about our 3D Design workshops in more detail

Including our wood workshop, metal Workshop and studios.

In Addition

School of Art students have access to specialist 3D Design workshops, Ceramics facilities, Glass working facilities and Traditional Print workshops. Alongside a specialist in-house digital printing service – the Print Support Hub.

Ceramic workshops

The Ceramic workshops at Wolverhampton are among the best equipped in the country. Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities including: Plaster workshops, Throwing area, Glaze room, Kiln room, Raku yard and Studios.

Learn more about the ceramic workshops

Glass working Workshops

We have access one of the largest, best equipped glass-making workshop areas in Europe, giving students the opportunity to experience a broad range of techniques to realise their creative aspirations.

Learn more about our Glass workshops

Traditional Print Workshops

The Traditional Print workshops offer a range of printing facilities, using different process techniques.

Learn more about our traditional print workshops

Print Support Hub 

The Print Support Hub is a technically supported, open access area. It offers all School of Art students a range of specialist printers that are capable of printing onto a vast array of different materials.


  • A3 Risograph printer
  • 2 medium format high-end Epson printers (A4, A3, A3+ and A2)
  • Large format thermal lithographic printer
  • Large Format Mimaki textile printer
  • Large Format Mimaki textile printer

The room also offers two large format scanners that will scan artwork up to A0 size.

Learn more about the Print Support Hub