Develop, test, measure and produce your own prototypes. Bring your ideas from the virtual world and computer screen into 3D full-size models.

You'll gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services in mechanical engineering, mechatronics and product and engineering product design.

Well-placed and considered investment means you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios. And you'll learn in an environment that is absolutely in tune with leading technologies.

Virtual tour

Take a tour of the Engine and Petrol Laboratories.

Engine and Petrol Labs tour


  • Students using Virtual Engineering lab equipment

    Virtual Engineering lab

    Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.


  • Design and manufacturing workshops – traditional soft modelling and prototyping facilities, the latest Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining technology, industry-standard lathes, milling machines and metal sheet cutters
  • Rapid prototyping technology – multi-material 3D printers and laser cutters.


  • Innovative virtual engineering laboratory with multi-avatar virtual reality capability
  • Electronics laboratories for process and machine control, and coding for microprocessors and the Arduino platform
  • Dedicated robotics and mechatronics laboratory
  • Engine laboratory (diesel and petrol)
  • Thermodynamic laboratory
  • Materials testing laboratory

Software packages

Adobe Suite
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere: industry standard software for professional graphic design, film and video editing and website development.
Autodesk Suite
AutoCAD, Inventor, Alias, VRed: a comprehensive 3D rendering software package that delivers simulation, collaboration, visualisation and digital prototyping tools for the complete design and engineering process.
Simulation software that enables students to create models that predict how their products will operate in the real world. For example, our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package allows students to model air flow over vehicles, while our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) package helps students select the optimum materials and components for their design proposals.
Siemens NX
This advanced engineering package is perfect for digital manufacture and equips students for work in a typical professional environment.
MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, control systems, test and measurement. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.
A graphical programming platform that helps engineers scale from design to test, and from small to large systems. It is a development environment for problem solving, accelerated productivity, and continual innovation.

Facilities for materials testing

Our facilities for materials research are extensive and include sophisticated equipment for growing engineering coatings and functional thin films for devices such as solar cells. They support sophisticated characterisation techniques, including electron and atomic force microscopies and nanohardness testing that probe materials at the nanoscale.

In our on-going desire to be in line with current technologies, we have installed scanning acoustic microscopy technology to non-destructively examine sub-surface defects and features.

Accessing our facilities

Our extensive facilities and talented students and staff are regularly involved in knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Follow these links to find out more about how we work with businesses at LSBU and about facilities and venue hire at LSBU.

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