Strategic Partners


Leading consulting businesses in sustainability and community engagement


Leading start-up prototyping and small-scale digital fabrication innovators


Co-working space & start-up incubator


Leading university-based innovation centres

Partnership as strategic strength


Fabricate studio currently partners with leading consulting and prototyping businesses with extensive expertise in grant development, community engagement and implementation of small-to-medium scale sustainable fabrication technologies.

Our aim is to design and develop an integrated ecosystem of complementary professionalism to give our clients access to broad and multi-level networks of innovators, educators, start-ups and incubators.

Consulting partners


Fotis Kapetopoulos is the Director of Kape Communications. With over 25 years experience in the creative industries and media, the company specialises in cultural communications, arts management, audience development and international engagement. Between 2007 and 2011 Fotis was Editor in Chief of Neos Kosmos newspaper. He saw the paper develop into a stand-alone English edition and develop an on-line presence with 110,000 unique users per month. Kape’s partners and clients include the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Arts Queensland, Arts SA, the Department of Culture and the Arts in WA, Australian Multicultural Foundation, RMIT University, LASALLE College for the Arts Singapore, the Arts Centre Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and Walker International Communications Group Inc. NYC.


Equilibrium is a Melbourne based sustainability and environmental consulting company. Since 2009, Equilibrium has worked especially extensively in product stewardship, circular economy and waste and recycling. Equilibrium has completed projects for a range of companies and organisations including National, State and Local Government. Equilibrium’s experience covers a range of sectors and industries including e-waste and the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, Tyre Stewardship Australia, Paintback, FluoroCycle, oil containers, mattresses and car safety seats. Equilibrium’s advisory services and project management experience extends across many sectors of the economy including manufacturing, finance, waste management, recycling, agriculture, agribusiness, facilities management, pulp and paper, health care and packaging.

Industry partners

56In 2014 Domenic Di Giorgio, CEO of Darkly Labs, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 to pilot the “LazerBlade – the affordable laser cutter/engraver. In 35 days they received $569,397 and the next gen laser cutter, the Emblaser was born. In mid 2017 Darkly Labs launched Emblaser 2, the next generation laser cutter (now available). Fabricate is proud to have been partnering with Darkly Labs since 2015. In 2017 we showcased the Emblaser 2 in Newcastle and look forward to many more years of partnership.
Maker Store is an online store specializing in solutions, parts and kits for small scale and hobby engineering projects including CNC Router machines, 3D Printers, Vacuum Forming, Laser Cutting/Etching, 3D Scanners and more. We partnered with Maker Store in mid 2017 to submit a range of grants that target the development of digital fabrication resources for bespoke community needs.


3D Printing Systems have become the top-sellers of 3D printers in Australia and New Zealand. From their beginings in a garage in 2010 they have grown to offer an unrivalled depth of reliability, trust and connection with their customers. They are the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand:

UP 3D Printers from Tiertime
Inspire Production 3D printers from TierTime
Shining 3D – Desktop and industrial 3D Scanners
Mcor Arke – True full colour 3d printers
STEM3Dkits – education STEM 3d printing kits for the classroom
Kevvox 3D printers from Kevvox Singapore
3Doodler from WobbleWorks

Innovation centres

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe.



The Exertion Games Lab researches the future of play and games in order to understand how to design better interactive experiences, in particular we focus on games that put the human body in the centre of the experience. We draw from interaction design, sports, psychology, human-computer interaction (HCI) and embodiment thinking to contribute to human-player interaction.


Incubators and co-working spaces

Frankston Foundry was established in 2016 by Cameron Rambert and James Bertschik. They have set up a hub to foster start ups and tech businesses. The co-working space gives young businesses a place to work from where they can meet others in similar situations and learn from one another, generate ideas and develop partnerships. The newly renovated space in central Frankston now holds 40 people
including software development firms and design agencies, who use it either full-time or casually. The Foundry was established with the support of the Frankston Council’s Space Innovators program. We partnered with the Foundry in early 2017, delivering their first 3D printing workshops to schools. We are currently working with them to develop further schools and community digital fabrication projects.