MadFabLab Relocates To The Old Bank

Hello to a new venue!

As some of you may know, our location at PLANT NOMA was recently earmarked for redevelopment, leaving MadFabLab in search of a new home.

With our tenancy coming to an end, and an amazing new venue secured, we packed up shop and headed around the corner from PLANT to The Old Bank Residency, 2 Hanover Street, M4 4BB.

We’re now ready to open our doors to existing members, and on the hunt for new ones - so spread the word!

There are still a few tweaks to make here and there, but all of our machinery (3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter) and hand tools are fully operational in the new workshop space. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 9am until 5pm, and anything outside of this can be arranged with the team. We’ll be looking to expand these hours in the new year, so keep a look out for an announcement.

We’ll also be continuing with MadFabLab Services. Whether you’ve got a project deadline, or need a hand with file creation, get in touch! We’re here to help with all your laser cutting, 3D printing, and vinyl cutting needs :)

Making it Digital: Free digital fabrication workshops for women

We’ve just announced our Making it Digital programme – a series of free digital fabrication workshops and courses designed to equip unemployed and underemployed women with skills to kickstart careers, launch businesses and open up new job opportunities in technology and beyond!

The sessions will cover a series of introductory, digital making activities; from operating, designing and producing prototypes with 3D printing and laser cutting, to learning the nuts and bolts of coding with BBC micro:bits. You can find detailed information about all of the workshops and seminars in the series on the dates page.

Applications are now open, places are limited, with priority awarded to those who will benefit most. If you would like to attend our seminars and/or workshops, please fill in our application form.

SEMINAR: Meet a Maker – Gemma Latham
Wednesday 16 May  6:00 – 8:00pm

Gemma May Latham is a participatory artist/maker who interprets textiles through digital and analogue processes. Gemma creates interventions and installations that explore traditional craft skills. She embraces processes that are intrinsically slow, creating a calming effect that allows time to connect with both process and material.

WORKSHOP: Laser Cut Acrylic Jewellery
Thursday 17 May 5:30 – 8:30pm

Join us to learn the principles of creating laser cut acrylic jewellery, from design through to production. Perfect for budding designers and makers who want to create unique products in this versatile medium.

WORKSHOP: Laser Cutting for Manufacturing
Monday 21 May 5:30 – 8:30pm

In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of laser cutting and it’s common uses in manufacturing.

WORKSHOP: micro:bit Session 1
Wednesday 23 May 5:30 – 8:30pm

This beginner-friendly workshop offers an introduction to physical programming with the micro:bit – a small programmable computer with more than 10 adaptable physical features.

WORKSHOP: 3D Printing and 3D Scanning
Monday 4 June 5:30 – 8:30pm

Get to grips with the basics of 3D scanning and printing in this introductory workshop. Try out the Sense 3D scanner and learn how to convert your 3D scans into 3D printable files.

WORKSHOP: micro:bit Session 2
Wednesday 6 June 5:30 – 8:30pm

Following on from micro:bit Session 1, Session 2 will explore wearable technology through prototype castings, wearable circuits and innovative design. Experiment with a cross section of medium to create a uniquely crafted, wearable exercise machine.

SEMINAR: Prototyping Advice
Thursday 7 June 6:00 – 8:00pm

Drop in and meet our expert facilitators, on-hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of topics.

To read more about the classes and apply for a place on the programme, please head to the Making it Digital website.

Make Stuff/MadLab is up for a 25k award from Aviva

Could you take a minute to vote for us, please?

You just need to give your email address and it's a (quick) two-stage process. If MadLab (with Make Stuff) gets the most votes, then we will automatically get to the panel.

You get 10 votes to cast - we'd be super appreciative if you gave all 10 to Make Stuff :)

Make Stuff reached 10 000 young people last year, in some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. It showed young people the brilliantly creative possibilities of tech, coding, crafting, and making. The Big Chip Awards described it as "exemplary engagement across the north." We want to take Make Stuff to more people, but need investment to do so.

As you may know, we need to raise more funds, and this allows you to really help support our work.



Extended Opening Hours

Drumroll please . . .

You talked, we listened, and we’re happy to announce that we are now officially EXTENDING OUR OPENING HOURS!!

From this day forth, members will have access to the MadFabLab from 9am - midnight on weekdays and from 11am - midnight over the weekend.

We’ve got different membership types available to suit your needs – our most popular is the monthly membership at £30/month - have a gander at our website to see which will suit you best.

The MadFabLab is central Manchester’s only FabLab and is equipped with a huge range of equipment for all your maker’s needs, including a resin and a filament 3D printer, a laser cutter and a vinyl cutter.  Call us on 0161 839 6324 to book a time to see the space or email via the website.

Permanent desks available at MadFabLab

Hacker? Maker? Small business? Looking for a space to design and prototype your next product?

We have four desks available in MadFabLab! Desks are £180 a month each (inc VAT), which includes monthly membership to the MadFabLab (worth £30 pcm.)

You’ll also get high speed WiFi, extended access (Monday – Thursday until 8.30 pm), and unlimited tea and coffee, plus access to MFL’s bench tools, electronics kit, Ultimaker 3, laser cutter, Form 1+, Ultimaker, bio lab – and more.

This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals or small businesses involved in digital making, prototyping, or design.

To arrange a viewing or reserve your desk, contact or call us on 0161 839 6324.