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The Great Grammatizator

26-5-16

The Great Grammatizator

Our Scrambled Messaging Machine competition has been announced, and Alexandra Bridarolli’s winning idea, The Great Grammatizator is now under way in the Makespace! More

Institute of Making: Third Year Report

10-5-16

Institute of Making: Third Year Report

This document summarises the majority of our activities, undertaken during our third year of operation at UCL. More

Studio Visit to Helen Carnac

21-4-16

Studio Visit to Helen Carnac

By the Thames, opposite Tate & Lyle’s sugar syrup refinery factory (busy unloading goods from a huge shipping vessel), I found Helen Carnac’s enameling studio. She's based at Secondfloor Studios, which is also home to Thames Barrier Print Studio and London Sculpture Workshop. More

Studio Visit to Faye McNulty

04-4-16

Studio Visit to Faye McNulty

For my first meeting of the day I headed down to Bermondsey. Tucked away in a railway arch amongst car repair workshops and what looks like a conservatory company is Printall Studio where print designer Faye McNulty works. The studio is a fully-equipped, open access textile printing studio where members can either pay by the day or sign up for a monthly membership for more frequent access. More

PhysFeel - Call for Volunteers

23-3-16

PhysFeel - Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in helping us with a study that explores the link between emotions and material properties? More

The Challenge: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

15-3-16

The Challenge: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

The brief is to design and prototype a new implement, tool or device for eating. This might involve rethinking the form, shape or materials of tools we are accustomed to, or encourage new cultural practices surrounding the act of eating. This is your chance to test and prototype ideas, explore materials and get hands-on. More

Come along tomorrow to celebrate our 3rd Birthday

11-3-16

Come along tomorrow to celebrate our 3rd Birthday

Celebrate our 3rd Birthday in style with musical jelly, microwave rainbow cake made by pastry chef Terri of Fraise Sauvage. Every birthday party needs candles, and we have the most spectacular candle ever! Chemistry student Anna Ploszajski will be demonstrating the Rubens' Tube she made: read more about her project on our blog. In our Materials Library learn about the science of chocolate and find out if you are a super-taster! More

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

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