Custom End Effector

What is a custom End Effector?

A custom end effector is a tool made for a specific task.

Why Use a Custom End Effector?

While the Robotics Lab provides a variety of tools for robotic fabrication, we encourage experimentation and the creation of new tools and processes. Building custom end effectors allows you to explore new methods of fabrication and design via robotic fabrication.


The Robotics Lab offers a range of training to help you learn how robot arms and end effectors work, how to setup a file for  the robots and and how to submit it for processing. This training includes:

  1. Robotics Lab Website

    Read through the website to get an understanding of what the robotics lab offers.

  2. Work through the training exercises to learn how to use and program the robot arm

    Training Exercises

  3. Book a Robot session once you have complete Level 03 SAfety Induction

    Book Session

  4. Consultation

    Book a consultation with the Robotics Lab’s experienced staff to get help with complex technical challenges specific to your project. Before making a booking, it is expected that you have completed the Introductory sessions and read through available guidelines for the technology.

    Book Consultation


The equipment in the Robotics Lab (G23) is available for you to book and use when you have completed the required safety training and inductions. If this is your first time using this tool, you will be trained at the start of your booking.

The Robotics Lab Open Access sessions take place every weekday afternoon, Monday – Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. End Effectors and Tools are only to be booked during Open Access.

Open Access times are available for all students from MSD, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Tools are only able to be booked out during Open Access.

For more information about the Safety Training and Inductions for the Robotics Lab head to the Access page.

Book Consultation

How to Get Started

  1. Complete Inductions

    Complete the required Safety Inductions as detailed in the Access section.

  2. Book a Consultation

    Book a Consultation with Robotics Lab staff to discuss your project and the custom end effector.

  3. Create

    Create your custom end effector.

  4. Book Robot

    Book time with an appropriate robot to test and use your custom end effector


All costs for custom end effectors will be incurred by you.