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Member Profile: Anna Ploszajski

04-2-16

Member Profile: Anna Ploszajski

Anna made a Rubens’ Tube as part of her demonstration kit for the Science Show-Off show at the Bloomsbury Theatre. A Rubens’ Tube is a pipe with holes all along the top and a rubber membrane stretched over one end, which is flled with propane and lit like an elongated gas burner. More

Studio Visit to Geoffrey Fisher

14-12-15

Studio Visit to Geoffrey Fisher

Nestled on the first floor of an outbuilding surrounded by other makers is green woodworker Geoffrey Fisher. After a quick coffee at Geoff’s studio in High Wycombe, he got me straight to work, drilling a hole into the end of a branch in order to make a whistle. Little did I know that the whistle might come in handy later when we took a trip to the nearby Penn Woods. More

Community Building for Design-Led Materials Research

11-12-15

Community Building for Design-Led Materials Research

The Institute of Making are delighted to have awarded EPSRC small grants to five teams for community-building activities that focus on design-led approaches to materials. More

Member Profile: Daniel Black

09-11-15

Member Profile: Daniel Black

Daniel’s expertise is in watchmaking, and he got involved in a major making project supported by our Summer Studentship scheme: to advance understanding of the Antikithera mechanism – an ancient Greek astronomical calculating machine – through physical models. More

LEGO2NANO is now OpenAFM

09-11-15

LEGO2NANO is now OpenAFM

LEGO2NANO’s development project OpenAFM has taken a big leap forward in the last couple of weeks with a newly designed 3D printable structure for the device. More

Funding for Design-Led Materials Research: Call Now Open

20-10-15

Funding for Design-Led Materials Research: Call Now Open

The Institute of Making are offering grants of between £2000 and £5000 to interdisciplinary, multi-institutional teams for community-building activities that focus on design-led approaches to materials. Projects must be finished by 31st March 2016 so get your proposals in soon! More

Next Public Open day: Clay & Ceramics on 24th October

06-10-15

Next Public Open day: Clay & Ceramics on 24th October

Join us for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of Clay & Ceramics. More

Member Challenge: Design and Build a Scrambling Message Machine

02-10-15

Member Challenge: Design and Build a Scrambling Message Machine

Submission deadline: 26th February 2016 - 
Making deadline for winning idea: 1st July 2016
 - Eligibility: Any inducted member/member team of the Institute of - Making
 Prize: £600 More

Member profile: Dafne Morgado

11-9-15

Member profile: Dafne Morgado

In the Makespace Dafne has been making force sensors and elongation/bending sensors, which attach to the replica human hands and finger joints she has been making as part of our Wearable Assistive Materials project. More

Festival of Stuff 2015

13-7-15

Festival of Stuff 2015

Our Festival of Stuff may be over for this year but we have been reliving it through an epic amount of photos that were taken. Can you spot yourself in any of them? More

Glass and bees

22-6-15

Glass and bees

This week, glassblower and beekeeper John Cowley came over to advise on our lampworking masterclass setup. More

Festival of Stuff
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19-5-15

Festival of Stuff

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

Light Touch Materials in the Lab
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06-5-15

Light Touch Materials in the Lab

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

Light Public Open day

06-5-15

Light Public Open day

Last Saturday we held an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of light. Visitors explored how reflective things reflect, made their very own electrical circuit, took a photograph without using a camera and much more. More

The Open Workshop Network

03-5-15

The Open Workshop Network

The Open Workshop Network (OWN) is an ongoing research project led by our PhD student, Liz Corbin, into the larger making community of London. More