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

3D Facilities

3D Design Facilities

Wolverhampton School of Art / Facilities / 3D Design Facilities

Students from a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses: BA (Hons) Furniture DesignBDes (Hons) Interior Design, BDes (Hons) Product Design and MA Design and Applied Arts (Interior Design) have access to exceptional 3D Design facilities. 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 3D Design Facilities

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.

Facilities 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

In Focus

Learn about our 3D Design facilities in more detail

Including our wood workshop, metal Workshop and studios.

In Addition

We have a specialist in-house digital printing service – the Print Support Hub. Alongside a Media Store with dedicated kit for all Wolverhampton School of Art students. We even have our own Art Materials Shop, which stocks an extensive range of art materials.

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.

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Wolverhampton School of Art, George Wallis Building, University of Wolverhampton

Media Stores

The Media Stores is a fantastic facility providing free access to equipment for a variety of courses throughout the Wolverhampton School of Art. Including specialist photographic and digital media equipment.

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Art Materials Shop

The Wolverhampton School of Art's art materials shop stocks an extensive range of art materials, including paints, brushes, sketchbooks, portfolios, and much more.

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Study with us

We offer both undergaraduate and postgraduate courses in Furniture Design, Interior Design and Product Design:

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts for furniture through our professionally-focussed design course. The course delivers a commercial understanding and awareness of current furniture design practice in aesthetics, design innovation, leading edge technologies, industrial practice, human factors and sustainability. 

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BDes (Hons) Interior Design

BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment. The key to success as an interior designer is to be innovative and flexible with an in depth knowledge of contemporary methods, materials and concepts.

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BDes (Hons) Product Design

BDes (Hons) Product Design is a professionally-focussed design course that excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts. We offer you a highly creative environment, in which to develop your own ideas, and provide you with opportunities for a future career in the creative industries across national and international markets.

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MA Design and Applied Arts

The focus of postgraduate study in Design and Applied Arts is to consider your current and past practice and recognise the opportunities that exist for research, material investigation and professional development. The aim is to provide a framework that will guide your enquiry within your subject specialism.

Subject specialisms:

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles

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