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Machines Room will close for the holidays from Wednesday 21st December at 6pm and re-open on Monday 9th January at 10am.

Just in time for an extra special gift idea or planning your new years resolutions we have released tickets for classes starting in 2017. 

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Sign up for yourself to learn a whole bunch of new skills like digital design, 3D printing or CNC or buy someone a ticket as a gift. If you want to gift a class we can create a bespoke laser etched plywood voucher. 

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Give someone a bespoke maker's gift - a laser cut birch plywood voucher for your choice of Machines Room activities.

Select the option's in the below form you would like to include in your gift and we'll be in touch to make it and post it to you.

Call us on 020 8981 5810 if you have any questions. 

We are accepting applications for residencies starting early 2017. Deadline Sunday 18th interviews 20th 21st 22nd.

You can join us from January as a six month professional resident. Residencies are intended for professionals who would use Machines Room as their main place of work and are here full time. The six month residency is primarily for prototyping and taking your project to the next level. It is not suitable for projects already in a manufacturing phase as we do not have the storage for stock.

We are open from applications from two types of resident. Workshop & Desk. The fee is £150 per month. Residents get 24/7 access and are a key part of the Machines Room community. Workshop residents get priority access to the wood workshop and some storage for personal…

Ever wanted to make an interactive toy or game but not known how? In this V&A workshop series starting October and ending in an exhibition of student projects at the V&A Late, you will learn everything you need to get off the ground in the world of basic game design.

One of Machines Room's fabulous Makers in Residence, Phoenix Perry, is a founder of Code Liberation, a US group who catalyzes the creation of digital games and creative technologies by women, nonbinary, femme and girl-identifying people to diversify STEAM fields. Founded in 2013, they have reached around 2,500 women and are now starting a UK chapter.  Watch this film to find out more.

The Workshops take place at the V&A, Goldsmiths College and Machine Room on the following dates

Friday 7 October, 18.00 – 21.00, V&A

Friday…

Ever wanted to paint with light in three dimensions? Or go to the bottom of the ocean without getting wet? Well, for one night only you can. We are hosting a demo of the HTC Vive VR headset on Wednesday 14th September from 18.30 to 20.00.

Come down to this free event and play, have a beer and see what life is like in another dimension.

Here's a picture of the headset...

And here's an amazing video of…

Join Katrine Hesseldahl and B&Q here at Machines Room on Wednesday 7th September from 10am til 1pm to work with designers and makers to create a waste sorting system specifically tailored to your home.

If you're interested please email katrine.hesseldahl@wrap.org.uk for more info.

This year is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and there's a great season of events to mark the occasion.

We at Machines Room were lucky enough to work with Artichoke, those wonderful people who bought you the Sultan's Elephant, on their event which is going to take place on the 4th September. We helped them show their team how to use CNC technology works - as the project, masterminded by American 'burn' artist David Guest, is created using CNC machines.

Find out more about the event here - it should be a lot of fun!

http://www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350/watchitburn

You can even get involved yourself by helping to build a giant domino train through the old streets of London.…

Well, our boat was almost too good - one of our Makers in Residence, Ross Andrews, used the Shopbot to cleverly recreate a punt originally designed in the 1940s. After a week of sleepless nights piecing the craft together with the help of Mark, he emerged on Saturday morning covered in sawdust and epoxy, punting down the canal from Machines Room to Angel. 

It was a beautiful sight as the Machines Room punt glided past all the other contestants in the first heat. Unfortunately those pesky pirates from Makerversity got in our way going round a buoy in the second heat and completely trounced us with their amazing canoe made from 4 huge tractor inner tubes. But we were still awarded the Best Craftmanship trophy which we happily accepted.…

Ahoy mehearties!

We are proud to be participating in the inaugural Maker Raft Race 2016 this Saturday.

Please come see the awesome boat that Ross is building, cheer us on, and join in the fun!

All details in the attached flyer... Hope to see you there.

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 and…

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 online.…

The Internet of Things (IoT) is profoundly changing the way we live. Join this industrial revolution and learn how to remotely monitor and control your environment. This workshop is for beginners who want to control heating with a smartphone app or have their oven send a tweet when the pizza is ready! The workshop will provide you skills necessary to create, design and prototype IoT projects. No prior experience in programming is required and the hardware is free! Only ten places available so book now!

Please contact us for the next course dates!

We're going to start writing weeknotes.. observing and documenting all the amazing things (as well as some of the mundane ones) that happen in a week at Machines Room

On Wednesday night we had what seemed like hundreds of people here for Oscar Lhermitte's Moon launch - the most accurate lunar globe. You can support his kickstarter here.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1822742096/moon-the-most-accurate-lunar-globe…


We are building Dave Hakkens' Precious Plastic machines! It's a fantastic suite of 4 machines that start with shredding and then move through extrusion, injection and compression. The first stage is to build the machines - this is what they will look like... we hope!

Then the next stage is to make beautiful things from them!

The project is open source and has been beautifully documented. However, we have a…

The Maker Library Network held their global think tank here and connected in person at Machines Room and with participants from over 10 countries online. Ideas for the future of the programme were discussed and a new communications model for the network was piloted.