Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ)

Based at Toronto Metropolitan University, the Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) is an interdisciplinary hub for design and fabrication that strategically propels early-stage ideas for inventions, businesses, and installations along the continuum – from design to prototype to mass manufacturing.

With access to fabrication space and equipment, members of the DFZ are able to conduct hands-on experimentation and prototyping at various levels from preliminary to advanced. Its facilities include the Innovation Studio, the Design + Technology LAB (D+TL), and the Creative School’s Open Space.

In addition to space and equipment, the DFZ provides its members with mentors to advance their design/fabrication projects through technical and entrepreneurial advice and assistance.


Design Fabrication Zone
The Innovation Studio
Toronto Metropolitan University
110 Bond Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 1X8

Design + Technology Lab
Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex
Toronto Metropolitan University
288 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1Z5

Creative School – Open Space
School of Image Arts
Toronto Metropolitan University
122 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1E9

Areas of Expertise

Prototyping, tools, and equipment
Design fabrication
Analog fabrication tools (woodworking and metalworking shops)
Digital fabrication tools (3D printing, textile computing, AR/VR, and robotics)


Facility Access & Testing
Product R&D
Process R&D
Materials R&D
Project development
Business Development & Consulting

Contact Information


Email 1: Vishal Vinod Kumar –

Email 2:

Twitter: @DesignFabZone

LinkedIn: Design Fabrication Zone at Toronto Metropolitan University

Published: September 26, 2021

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