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Marvellous Medical Materials: Stainless Steel - Part One

08-11-17

Marvellous Medical Materials: Stainless Steel - Part One

In this series of blog posts, Sarah Wilkes (Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Institute) gets over-excited about the ways that materials like silicone rubber and silver impact on our health and wellbeing. This post is one of a two-parter that explores the gradual historical domination of stainless steel in surgical tools and medical implants, its health risks and rewards from the point of view of a variety of actors (including the patient undergoing hip replacement, the airplane passenger and the welder) and its role in infection control in the modern hospital. More

Hands of X @ Cubitts Kings X

20-6-17

Hands of X @ Cubitts Kings X

The Hands of X team are presenting a prototype of their exciting bespoke prosthetics service at Cubitts Kings Cross this Thursday and Friday. More

Institute of Making: Fourth Year Report

12-6-17

Institute of Making: Fourth Year Report

This document shines a spotlight on the projects, people, materials and making processes that were central to our past twelve months and summarises the key activities of our fourth year of operation at UCL. More

Marvellous Medical Material of the Moment: Soap

05-6-17

Marvellous Medical Material of the Moment: Soap

In this series of blog posts Sarah Wilkes, Wellcome Trust research fellow at the Institute, gets over-excited about the ways in which materials like silicone rubber and silver impact on our health and wellbeing. This post takes an in-depth and wide-ranging look at saponaceous substances! More

PhysFeel Round 2: Call for Volunteers

25-11-16

PhysFeel Round 2: Call for Volunteers

Do you want to take part in a 3rd year undergraduate student study exploring how we interpret emotions from objects? More

ODD Summer 2016

11-11-16

ODD Summer 2016

This year the LEGO2NANO and OpenAFM projects joined forces to work on a new initiative - the ODD Summer. This exciting international challenge aims to task students to produce real-world solutions to some of the problems set by the 17 sustainable development goals outlined by the United Nations in September 2015. More

Competition results of the Cutlery Design Challenge

13-9-16

Competition results of the Cutlery Design Challenge

We teamed up with the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, to celebrate their 600th anniversary, and run a competition to design and make a new implement, tool or device for eating. An exhibition will showcase some of the extraordinary, thought-provoking and beautiful things that were submitted. More

Studio Visit to J & FJ Baker Tannery

12-8-16

Studio Visit to J & FJ Baker Tannery

The second visit of my trip away, was to Britain’s last remaining oak bark tannery, J & FJ Baker & Co in Colyton. More

Studio Visit to John Hagger

10-8-16

Studio Visit to John Hagger

This week I took a trip out of London to the picturesque countryside of Devon. My first stop was to see the very talented John Hagger of Tanner Bates, based in Dartington, Totnes. More

LTM Online Course

28-7-16

LTM Online Course

Our new, free, online course will give you an introduction to doing design-led materials research, taught through the real case study of the Light.Touch.Matters project. More

Reflections on LTM
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28-7-16

Reflections on LTM

This month marks the end of the Light.Touch.Matters project, and we've been reflecting on the exciting outcomes and achievements of this 4 year project. More

Submission guidelines for: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

29-6-16

Submission guidelines for: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

The deadline for the challenge is coming around soon so here are a few submission and judging guidelines. The deadline is: 10am, 18th July 2016 More