Institute of Making

The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world.

Malet Place
University College London


Classes & Training and Membership


Ceramics, Computing, Digital Fabrication, Electronics, Engineering, Fine Art, Glass Work, Jewellery, Metal Work, Printmaking, Repair, Robotics, Screen Printing, Sculpture, Set Design & Building, Silversmithing, Textiles and Wood Work


Acrylic, Ceramic, Clay, Electronics, Glass, Inks & Paints, Metal, Paper & Card, Plaster, Plastic, Silicone Rubber, Textiles and Wood & Derivatives


3D Printer, 3D Scanner, Air, Air Compressor, Angle Grinder, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, Bench Grinder, Ceramics, CNC Milling Machine, CNC Router, Computing, Digital Fabrication, Disc Sander, Electronics, Foam Cutter, Fuse Deposition Modeling, Grinder, Heat Press, Heat Press, Jig Saw, Jointer, Kiln, Laser Cutter, Materials Library, Metal, Metal Lathe, Microscope, Milling Machine, Oscilloscopes, PCs, Pillar Drill / Drill Press, Planer, Plastics, Polisher, Pop Riveter, Potters Wheel, Power Tools, Printmaking, Reciprocating Saw, Router, Screenprinting Screens & Equipment, Scroll Saw, Sewing Machine, Soldering, Staple Gun, Table Saw, Textiles, Thicknesser, Vacuum Chamber, Vacuum Former, Vinyl Cutter, Wax & Plaster Tools, Wood and Wood Lathe




The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from molecules to buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Its mission is to provide makers with an inspiring place to explore their relationship to making, and a creative home in which to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials.

At the heart of the Institute of Making is the Materials Library – a growing repository of some of the most extraordinary materials on earth, gathered together for their ability to fire the imagination and advance conceptualisation. A place in which makers from all disciplines can see, touch, research and discuss, so that they can apply the knowledge and experience gained to their own practice.

Alongside the collection is the Makespace – a workshop where members and guests can make, break, design and combine both advanced and traditional tools, techniques and materials.

Through in-house research and collaborative academic projects, the Institute of Making has built a vibrant multidisciplinary materials research community, supporting teaching and research at UCL and beyond.

Our public engagement programme of symposia, masterclasses, and open days explores the links between academic research and hands-on experience, and celebrates the sheer joy of stuff.

Membership of and day-to-day access to the Institute of Making is available to all UCL staff and students, while our public events provide access to the general public on specific dates during the year.