Our students and researchers have access to unique state-of-the-art facilities. These facilities can also be hired by external bodies.

Rapid Manufacturing Design Studio (RMDS)

The IMPEE Rapid Manufacturing Design Studio (RMDS) focuses on a broader way of designing rather than a specific field or niche within design. The RMDS is geared to stimulate creativity and importantly it enables the physical realisation from scientific principles.The RMDS is located in the James Naysmith workshop and comprises the following rapid prototyping machines:

Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS)

 The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at Heriot-Watt University has extensive state-of-the-art laboratory facilities covering the whole CCS chain, including equipment for capture, transport, storage, utilization and monitoring.

The Brent Wilson Advanced Manufacturing Unit (AMU)

The Brent Wilson AMU is situated in the extensive mechanical workshops within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. It provides a modern central CNC manufacturing facility for the university as well as offering a sub-contract machining service to external customers.

High Performance Computing (HPC)

The computing facility consist of several multi-core CPU and GPU systems which currently totals over 90 CPU cores and 4700 GPU cores.

High Power Laser Machining

The research of High Power Laser Applications (HPLA) group is focused on the study of laser-matter interactions and the development of advanced processes for laser processing applications. 

Renewable Energy Test Site

The test site is primarily suited for solar energy technology. The site includes three south-facing “bays” where solar photovoltaic, solar thermal devices etc can be tested in the environment (Latitude 56° N, Longitude 3°W) to make either direct comparison with other technologies and/or by reference to a fully instrumented weather station.


The EPS Focused ion beam (FIB) facility was funded by Scottish Funding Council and set up within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in April 2010. The FIB facility – FEI Quanta 3D FEG is the most versatile high resolution Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) / FIB for 2D and 3D micro & nanofabrication and material characterization and analysis.