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Hack on Wheels: Hackathon

We had a busy time last Saturday with 30 makers hacking the idea of what a wheelchair can be.

#HackOnWheels is the brainchild of our Maker in Residence Rachael Wallach and the make-athon brought together wheelchair users, designers, engineers, and makers to design, develop and test the first open source wheelchair designs. 

According to the World Health Organization over 65 million people need a wheelchair to be part of society and live an independent life. To give freedom a wheelchair must be customized to the body, environment, and lifestyle of its user. Due to the prohibitive price of traditional design manufacturing, and distribution 52 million people who need a wheelchair are deprived of this freedom.

The group believes that user led design, digital fabrication, open hardware, and the maker movement can change this. During the day they made headway into establishing an online library on Wevolver.com of opensource designs…

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CRL Hardware accelerator comes to East London

Last night Machines Room was packed with people talking Hardware. CRL, London's newest Hardware Accelerator, held an evening inviting applications to their second cohort of hardware startups. 

There was a really interesting discussion chaired by Mat Hunter with Alex Peet, CRL's ex-Dyson Workshop Manager, and Matt Webb, ex Berg mentor to many hardware startups. Matt talked about how to categorise new products that are going to Kickstarter, and he said that he visualised going through John Lewis, and asked himself where he would find it. If you can't find the department in John Lewis then you won't be able to find the equivalent in adwords…

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Craig Dunlop (http://machinesroom.org/members/CraigDunlop) and Peter A. Smith (http://machinesroom.org/members/PeterASmith) have spent the last month experimenting in Machines Room as part of their Maker Library One Month Residencies. Craig is Maker Librarian in WorkSpace, Cape Town, South Africa and has spent his time learning digital fabrication techniques, building a plastic shredder, renovating an old plastic extruder and prototyping a joint system. Peter has been exploring the re-use of waste wood materials and manufactured wood, such as plywood and saw dust and finding ways of reversing it back into tree forms.

Next Wednesday 13th July, join us to see demonstrations of the techniques Craig and Peter have been using and some of the outcomes of their experiments. 6 - 9pm ……Eventbrite - 13/07 MLN Residency Showcase: Craig Dunlop & Peter A. Smith

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2nd July - The Blue Economy Workshop

Good to Nature, Good to People, Good to Business: A Holistic Blue Economy is the Answer

This unique introductory workshop is a roadmap for sustainable business based on the Blue Economy principles and made for everyone interested in saving the world: Students, Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups, Universities, NGOs. It is the first time this will…

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Maker Library Network Residents Start

Last week we welcomed 6 new resident makers into the Maker Library. 4 professional makers join us for six months; Ross Atkin, Helen Steer, Phoenix Perry & Rachael Wallach. Craig Dunlop has come all the way from Cape Town where he is Maker Librarian and director of WorkSpace maker space and starts as the first International Maker Library Network Maker in Residence. He will spend a month contributing to building Machines Room’s Precious Plastics machines through his skills in welding, and taking back learning and experience to implement the project in Cape Town on his return. He will also learn tools for digital modelling and…

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Weeknotes 21/6/16

Last week we hosted a day long workshop on Open Source Circular Economy led by Erica Purvis - people from a wide range of disciplines came together to develop practical ways of integrating the circular economy model into community spaces. Very useful for us as a makerspace which is on its way to being the most sustainable it can be!

Tips, tools, and templates were developed for makerspaces, fablabs, libraries, coworking spaces...

Open Energy Monitor shared one of their monitors, made entirely of open-source hardware and software, which tracks energy usage in a…

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15th June - Blender classes!

Starting 15th June Machines Room is hosting classes on Blender - an extremely useful, open source software which can be used in all kinds of fabrication and animation! Book tickets here!

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OPEN CALL: Free Professional Development Programme for London-based creatives

LONDON CREATIVE NETWORK is a new development programme for creative practitioners in London, run by SPACE, with Cockpit Arts, Four Corners and Photofusion.

Cockpit Arts will support designer-makers through a rolling programme to develop new processes, products and services, underpinned by business skills and leading to a more sustainable practice. The programme will cater for all types of craft practices – from batch producers to artist-makers.

Four Corners will support photographers to develop their practice through a programme of…

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Makers In Residence

Deborah Davies updated their profile
Shaun Barneveld updated their profile
Jul 12
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MLN Residency Showcase: Craig Dunlop & Peter A. Smith

MLN Residency Showcase: Craig Dunlop & Peter A. Smith

Craig Dunlop…

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Will take a lot of milk bottles...

David Wolfe

This Man Is Building Homes For The Homeless Using Discarded Plastic

Peter A. Smith’s blog post was featured
Sawdust is an inevitable and never ending problem for wood workshops. Almost every project leaves a pile of sawdust on the floor.  I set about wondering what I could make – in a reasonably eco conscious way. I am making silicone mould casts of sec…
Jul 4
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Ex Maker Library Network resident Graham Dunning's engrossing set on Boiler Room

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Graham Dunning is in our studio, with his layered and…

Craig Dunlop’s blog post was featured
Forgive the second Clash reference but it was too good to let slip by. Its been quite a week here with Brexit and the resultant outrage of those who thought they were staying in the EU. The crazyness of our times and the confusion politics can cause…
Jun 29
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Katrine Ugelstad Spilling made these beautiful lightboxes on the laser cutter for her Chelsea College of Arts degree show: http://chelseadegreeshow.com/ba-fine-art/katrine-ugelstad-spilling/

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one ticket left for Wednesday evening's lamp making workshop. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maker-library-resident-workshop-mechanical-lamps-tickets-25170814584

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Residency opportunity deadline tomorrow for anyone who wants to play around with 3d printers, and CNC machines: http://machinesroom.org/Blog/maker-in-residence-deadline-tomorrow

Rachel Freire updated their profile
May 13
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Create (and keep!) lamps using Matt Gilbert's unique scissor structure technique: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maker-library-resident-workshop-mechanical-lamps-tickets-25170814584

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Do you have an inspiring project that creates impact through making or asks questions about processes of manufacturing... Machines Room is building a community of resident makers, there are 3 residencies to apply for:…

Fixperts updated their profile
May 3