Institute of Making
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
The Festival of Stuff runs from 23rd June to the 27th June, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making on Saturday 27th June. More
Ever wondered how flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and piezoelectric polymers are made? These films provide a window into the research labs making state-of-the-art flexible and sensing light technologies. More
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
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...
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
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...