The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club and Makerspace, with a friendly and inclusive space offering an exciting range of tools and machinery for members to use. Their mission is to provide all makers with a creative home in which to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials and an inspiring place to explore their relationship to making.
The Makerspace is a workshop where members and guests can make, break, design and combine both advanced and traditional tools, techniques and materials. The facility brings together equipment, expertise and perspectives of making from a wide range of disciplines, encouraging users to engage in the craft, design, technology, history, philosophy, art and engineering of making.
Membership of and day-to-day access to the Institute is available to all University College London (UCL) staff and students. For those not at UCL, the Makerspace offers an exciting public programme through the Open Workshop network. The Open Workshop Network is a growing network of the open-access workshops across London, including the city’s assortment of Makerspaces, Fab Labs and Hackspaces.
Open-access workshops are member-lead organisations that provide access to affordable space, tools and workshop facilities. Welcoming professionals and hobbyists alike, open-access workshops are home to vibrantly diverse communities of artists, designers, printmakers, ceramicists, architects, wood workers, metal workers, digital fabricators and engineers. The sharing of tools, space and knowledge between members generates opportunities for work and play -fostering collaboration, experimentation and innovation.
From screen printing to welding, 3D scanning to plaster casting, open workshop are dedicated to providing publicly accessible ways to make and create things, communities, cities and futures.
Tools and skills
The Makerspace is equipped with both cutting edge and traditional tools and machinery, with capabilities from sewing to milling to 3D printing clay. The specialist team offer their experience and knowledge to help members learn how to use the tools and understand the materials and technical processes.
The wide range of tools available at the Makerspace include: