The University of Southampton

Advanced Prototyping and Assembly Laboratory

The Advanced Prototyping and Assembly Lab is a dedicated student space set up to provide optimum working conditions, enabling students to put their prototype designs into action immediately. Students are able to replicate industry processes with tangible end results by simulating, designing, building and prototyping.

The lab houses state of the art equipment which is recognised by our industrial partners. The lab supports our internationally renowned degree programmes with 3D printers, reflow soldering ovens and laser cutting facilities. There is an industry standard automatic Pick and Place machine which can assist building PCBs in production quantities, allowing students to experience a realistic insight into manufacturing processes. 


Our world-class facilities allow us to offer a bespoke approach, by identifying course content and teaching methods and building the materials integral to teaching our degree programmes such as our Micro Arcana suite of boards. In creating our own materials we are not confined to working with off-the-shelf solutions and this unique offering encourages students to develop original, innovative solutions to solve challenging design problems.


Used by all students and other engineering Faculties

Business and Enterprise

There are opportunities for existing and external enterprise contacts to use the lab.