Institute of Making

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The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Learn more

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30-1-15

Next public Open day: Metal 7th March

Next public Open day: Metal 7th March

This March we will be celebrating metal in all its diversity. Come along and explore metals that have memory, a jet engine turbine blade made from a single crystal, and the wondrous material life of gold in the Materials Library. More

27-1-15

Making in progress

Making in progress

Our new members' project blog is a window into the world of the MakeSpace. More

12-1-15

Hidden Histories of Things - Mon 26th Jan

Hidden Histories of Things - Mon 26th Jan

Places available on the 'Hidden Histories of Things' research seminar, organised by the Open University's Commodity Histories project and the Institute of Making. Mon 26th Jan, 9.30am - 4.30pm. More

Materials Library

Periodic Table of 92 elements

Periodic Table of 92 elements

This commercially available collection of all 92 naturally-occurring elements gives you a chance to see and safely handle some extraordinary materials, with appearances from: Scandium, an element more common on the Sun than Earth; the highly toxic Arsenic, which was once used in Greek physicians' cures and Elizabethan cosmetics; extremely rare...

Balsa Wood Cores

Balsa Wood Cores

You may recognise this white-grey, velvety wood from the model-making shops of your childhood. Because it is so light and easily cut with a craft knife, it is perfect for making model aircraft or for whittling. Because this wood has a lower density than cork it is put to use...

Magnesium

Magnesium

Given our everyday interactions with metals like steel, which is used in everything from cars, planes and boats, through to skyscrapers, bridges and other engineering projects of a gargantuan scale, it’s easy to understand why metals are perceived to be heavy materials. But magnesium is lighter than many woods...

Recycled Copper Chips

Recycled Copper Chips

These small orange-brown coloured chips are made out of recycled copper. Some everyday items copper can be sourced from include computer chips, electric wiring, gas pipes, roofs from old buildings and automobile radiators. Copper is regarded as a strategic material for developed countries because of its importance in the electrical...

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Photoset: Rich’s cosmic space rings from ~2010, made during his degree at University for the Creative Arts,... tmblr.co/ZikCZo1fhD2gN

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We gave our @uclmecheng 1st years one week to design & build a robot to carry a chain up a pole - job done! youtu.be/JtUB45wZAQM

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