About us

QUT's Design and Fabrication Research Facility (DeFab) has qualified and experienced engineering technicians to help convert your research ideas into reality.

Our specialists provide technical consultation, engineering design and fabrication services to academic, industry and government clients.

What we offer

The facility offers:

  • engineering design and development
  • solid modelling and technical drawing production
  • machining, fabrication and assembly
  • technical advice and support.


Design, 3D modelling and simulation

We work with Solidworks CAD, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Rapid prototyping

We provide additive 3D manufacturing.

Precision manufacturing

Skilled and experienced technicians carry out advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and manual turning and milling.

Sheet metal cutting, folding and welding

We carry out welding using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) techniques.

Precision cutting

Our experts carry out wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) and waterjet cutting.

Data acquisition and instrumentation

We design and fabricate devices with integration to data acquisition and control systems.

Using our services and equipment

DeFab offers consultancy and commercial design and fabrication services to QUT staff and students, external researchers and commercial organisations on a fee-for-service basis.

Contact the DeFab team at defab@qut.edu.au to discuss your research needs and collaboration opportunities.

Contact us

Get in touch with us for more information on the Design and Fabrication Research Facility.

Find us at
Level 1, O Block
Gardens Point
Brisbane QLD 4001
Postal address
Design and Fabrication Research Facility
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001