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Slime at the Institute of Making

16-4-18

Slime at the Institute of Making

On Saturday 24th of March, for one day only, the Institute of Making was transformed into a state-of-the-art slime lab, a Slime Olympics Arena and more activities to explore slime in all its glory. The event proved extremely popular and we have been sent many requests for advice and opinions by slime enthusiasts far and wide. We were excited to have found so many fellow materials lovers and have written a blog post to share an account of the day alongside our slime recipe and some slime links for anyone undertaking their own slime journey. More

Exploring Materials and Sensory Preference in Prosthetic Limbs

03-10-18

Exploring Materials and Sensory Preference in Prosthetic Limbs

Want to be involved in a study exploring how the sensory and aesthetic properties of materials affects experiences of prosthetic limbs? Read on! More

Advancing the potential of manufacturing with 4D printing

13-9-18

Advancing the potential of manufacturing with 4D printing

Dr Anna Ploszajski will continue her research on 4D printing with a new postdoctoral fellowship, supported by a UCL EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. More

Institute of Making: Fifth Year Report

10-5-18

Institute of Making: Fifth 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 fifth year of operation at UCL. More

Funding for new research on digital technology and materials for prosthetics

06-2-18

Funding for new research on digital technology and materials for prosthetics

We are excited to have been awarded four new research grants for projects on prosthetics.This continues to develop our expertise in material selection and digital manufacturing for prosthetics and orthotics, and builds on our previous work on the Hands of X and Wearable Assistive Materials projects. More

Marvellous Medical Materials: Stainless Steel - Part Two

01-12-17

Marvellous Medical Materials: Stainless Steel - Part Two

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 the second in 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

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