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Dates for your diaries
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08-12-14

Dates for your diaries

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

Hidden Histories of Things - Mon 26th Jan

12-1-15

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

Healthy Materials Study - Volunteers Needed

12-1-15

Healthy Materials Study - Volunteers Needed

Do you fancy being involved in a pilot study to investigate healthy materials? We are about to start our first round of interviews and we are looking for volunteers to give an hour of their time for a conversation in the Materials Library. More

The Great Robot Egg Race

16-12-14

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

Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

18-10-14

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

LEGO2NANO - Day 1

09-9-14

LEGO2NANO - Day 1

This year's project introduction involved some serious play, serious learning and seriously good food. More

LEGO2NANO Beijing, 2014

06-9-14

LEGO2NANO Beijing, 2014

This week in Beijing China, 12 Institute of Making members and 12 students from Beijing Universities collaborate to build a low-cost open-source Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) using LEGO and hacked electronic equipment, enabling high-school students to explore materials in miniature. More

Luted Crucible Bronze Casting

31-7-14

Luted Crucible Bronze Casting

Last week we were shown the elemental delights of hot metal casting with artist Piers Watson, who taught us an ancient technique called "Luted Crucible Bronze Casting”. More

An Introduction to Light Touch Matters
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01-7-14

An Introduction to Light Touch Matters

Watch the introductory film for the Light Touch Matters research project: a collaboration between designers, design researchers and materials researchers from across the EU working on new and affordable products that respond to touch with light. More

Festival of Stuff

28-5-14

Festival of Stuff

From the 17th to the 21st of June we our having our first Festival of Stuff! Throughout the week there will be bookable masterclasses, workshops and Materials Library discovery sessions, culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making that will be open to all. More

Summer Studentships - Round Three

07-5-14

Summer Studentships - Round Three

Apply now for our third and final round of Bridging the Gaps Summer Studentships! Deadline for applications - Monday 26th May at 5pm. More

Institute of Making: First Year Report

07-5-14

Institute of Making: First Year Report

An overview of our first year of operation at UCL. More

Staff Materials Bursary

06-5-14

Staff Materials Bursary

All staff members of the Institute of Making are eligible to apply for a Materials Bursary of up to £250 to go towards the material costs of any project undertaken at the Institute of Making. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd May. More

Hat over Heels
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29-4-14

Hat over Heels

Before Easter we had the honour of holding the first Hat Over Heels event, a hat making day for women with cancer or alopecia who have undergone hair loss. More

Curious Matters: HDPE Plastic Waste

02-4-14

Curious Matters: HDPE Plastic Waste

This slightly green tinted, meringue-shaped blob is a sample of HDPE waste material, and is produced during the process of recycling HDPE plastic from used milk bottles into food-grade standard material. More