Robotic Hotwire Cutter

Book the Hot Wire Cutter

What is the Hot Wire Cutter?

The Hot Wire Cutter is a tool that can either be mounted on the robot arm, or to another object (where the material is mounted on the robot) and allows polystyrene foam to be cut.

The Hot Wire Cutter has a wire length of 300mm and a depth of 270mm.

Why Use the Hot Wire Cutter?

Cutting foam with a robot allows for a large amount of freedom in cutting angle and direction, which in turns allows for complex forms or automated processes.


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 a 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. To use the robot arms you must complete the following:

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 the Hot Wire Cutter

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 application. Including Finger Design.

  3. Book hot wire cutter

    Book the Hot Wire Cutter via the online booking system. It should be booked alongside the appropriate robot (IRB1200).


Students will need to purchase white polystyrene foam. Which can be purchased from the FabLab. Other materials used also need to be supplied by staff and students.


What is the maximum size of foam I can cut?

This is dependent on what exactly you want to cut, typically the foam would have to be smaller than the length of the cutting wire (300mm). Book a Project and Tool Consultation if you want to discuss further.

What types of foam can I cut?

Currently we only cut white polystyrene foam, book a Project and Tool Consultation if you wish to discuss other materials.