iLabs: helping businesses turn ideas into reality

What are the University of Derby iLabs?

Our iLabs provide local businesses wanting to undertake commercial and development activity the opportunity to utilise equipment owned by the University of Derby at cost effective rates.

We have equipment based at our sites at the iHub, Infinity Park Derby and on campus in Derby City Centre.

Equipment available in our iLabs includes:

Additive Manufacturing Lab

Virtual Reality Suite (iHub site)

A lady with a virtual reality headset

Data Visualisation Lab (Derby City Centre)

A man inside a blue virtual reality room, wearing a headset

There are a number of different ways businesses can access the iLabs:

Do it Yourself: Machine use by the hour

If you have designs and you are certified to operate our equipment, you can rent the iLab by the hour, giving you full access to create your commercial designs, load up your files, and start making.

If you are a SME based in D2N2, you may be eligible to rent the equipment for free, the only extras you pay for are the costs of any materials used.

Additional Costs: The only extras you pay are for the cost of any materials used.

Do it for You: Fully Serviced Prototyping Service

If you have the idea but don’t have the time or expertise to design, create or test it, we can offer an end to end service to support your research or commercial projects.

Give us the scope and we’ll quote for the work based on the equipment required, staff time required and the materials used.


If you are new to our equipment, we offer free training sessions across all our equipment to allow you to get certified. We will take you step by step through the software and hardware to ensure you can use the equipment safely and effectively and give you some troubleshooting tips.

We also offer bespoke training and technical assistance to support your staff. These include:

iHub Amenities 

Additional Support

Opening times and booking

The iLabs are open Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm

So everyone can take advantage of our state-of-the-art equipment in a safe, constructive and highly creative environment we operate a booking system.

To book the use of the iLabs, find out more information or to request a quotation contact us on the below information and one of the team will be in touch to discuss further.

T: 08000015500



Note: SMEs in the D2N2 region may be eligible for part or fully funded support through European Regional Development Funding.