Design Workshop

Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Design Workshop

The Design Workshop is a laboratory for design research; modelmaking and physical prototyping for product design.

Picture of students modelling

The students have access to the machine laboratory;  used for teaching activities, research, and as a support function for other ongoing activities in the campus laboratories. Parts of the laboratory are equipped with simple equipment with a low user threshold and this equipment can also be used by students and employees outside normal working hours.

Technology and design

Access and opening hours

The normal opening hours for the laboratory are from 0800 - 1600. The laboratory will also be open in the afternoons and this activity is primarily driven by laboratory assistants.

What can you do?

At the Design Workshop you may study the relationship of form and function, produce mock-ups and 3-D models using low fidelity  methods. The workshop will give the students possibilities to develop form-concepts and 3-d visualization of an idea. 

At the machine laboratory you can process several types of materials with different traditional fabrication processes such as machining, metal forming, casting, welding ++. You can also perform 3D printing using different technologies. The laboratory has access to different types of measuring equipment and 3D scanners.

Equipment and materials

The Design Workshop will provide the student with tools and materials for low fidelity products and models in different materials. 

The machine laboratory has a material warehouse. Some of the materials have been purchased for various projects, teaching etc. Other materials are free to use. We have an online store where students and employees can buy different materials at a reasonable price.

The machine laboratory has several simple machines for sheet metal processing, two single presses. Several mini CNC machines, some industrial machines, saws, drilling machines and other workshop equipment. The lab is equipped with various  power  tools  and  hand tools as well as measuring equipment.

Training and security

Everyone who will use the machine laboratory needs to complete our HSE e-learning courses. This is organized by the various teachers. For most machines, a mini user course is needed which also includes specific safety for the machine.


Research in the machine laboratory is largely carried out in collaboration with the other laboratories on campus and is often used as a support function.  Design students will be able to cooperate with researchers from the institute, and may be given tasks to solve the design of a product, where an engineer has developed the technical function of the item. 

Innovation and entrepreneurship

The model workshop has a low user threshold on the equipment, and is an arena for both creative development and quality-assured development work. The workshop is an attractive place for students with ideas and creativity and works as a hotbed of innovation projects. The laboratory can support entrepreneurial projects, master's, bachelor's, and doctoral studies projects. Close cooperation with the business communities and production companies has been established.


During the academic year, the aim is to arrange makerspace type “Design Workshop nights” with different activities open for all students and employees.

Where is the laboratory?

Where is the laboratory?



Kari Oline Øverseth
Professor and Study Program Leader