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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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08-12-14

Dates for your diaries

Dates for your diaries
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The nights are drawing in, it's getting colder and the Christmas festivities are underway. For those who came to the Festival of Stuff earlier this year here is a video to remind you of warmer times: youtube Below are some dates for your diaries of out next open days and next years Festival of Stuff. More

16-12-14

The Great Robot Egg Race

The Great Robot Egg Race

Back in October, during Robots Week, we launched The Great Robot Egg Race. The challenge was to build a moving robot that could pick up an egg and travel a short distance before putting it down in a frying pan, without smashing it! The robot needed to travel over a variety of different terrains/surfaces, straddle a cube, go under a limbo pole, negotiate a sideways slope and navigate a slalom course to finally deliver the fresh, un-smashed egg into the pan. More

18-10-14

Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

​This November, in partnership with the Crafts Council, the V&A and the RSA, we will be staging a London-wide extravaganza of materials and making, called Make:Shift:Do. As part of this, we will be hosting a public open day around the theme of Carbon and a selection of specialist masterclasses. This will be our last open day of 2014, so get it in your diaries now! 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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