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Robotics Lab

Strategically located in the centre of the Fabrication Workshop, the MSD Robotics Lab further extends the Fabrication Workshop’s engagement with advanced fabrication technologies. The Robotics Lab is home to four ABB industrial robot arms, affectionately known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello. 

Hours of Operation: The Robotics Lab (G23) is open for casual drop-in sessions on weekday afternoons during semester, from 1pm - 4.30pm. 

During busy times, Open Access is available on a first-come-first-served basis, but preference will be given to students enrolled in classes with specific robotic design content. Open Access is also subject to room capacity restrictions - G23 has a maximum capacity of 22 persons at any given time, with a 10:1 ratio of students to supervisors.

Outside of Open Access times, the Robotics Lab (G23) may be reserved for MSD classes. During this time, only students enrolled in those classes will be permitted to enter the space. 

Access: Please note that enrollment in a class does not automatically guarantee access to the Robotics Lab. All staff and students working within the Robotics Lab G23 are required to complete the following inductions:

  • Level 00 - MSD Building Induction
  • Level 01 - Online Safety Induction
  • Level 02 - In-Person Safety Induction
  • Level 03 - Machine Safety Induction (ABB Industrial Robot Arms)

Take the Level 03 Robotics Quiz

More access information can be found on the 'Training & Access' page

Booking: If you are interested in booking the Robotics Lab, please email or contact the Robotics Lab Coordinator.





ABB IRB 1200 robots are medium sized, multipurpose industrial robots, mounted in work cells designed for hands-on exploration with robotics fabrication and making.


The gripper and vacuum cup is a combination end effector, or tool, for the ABB IRB 1200 robots allows the robot to pick-up and place objects using either air pressure or force.


ABB IRB 120 robots are small, multipurpose industrial robots, mounted on mobile trolleys designed to be taken into classrooms for hands-on exploration with robotics.


The gripper end effector, or tool, for the ABB IRB 120 robot allows the robot to pick-up and place objects.