Let us do the hard work

We have a large capacity to manufacture work on your behalf, with all of the money generated being invested in our training programmes for young people, adding new equipment to our studios, and enabling groups to realise their projects.

We have a very broad selection of equipment to utilise for commission work, and experienced staff to carry out the work. We also have assembly and finishing spaces to allow the design, fabrication and assembly of even the biggest projects. 

If you are interested in having work produced, please check out the processes below and get in touch. 


3D PRINTING

Utilising 3D printing, we can produce intricate, functional and before now impossible geometries by building in layers of plastics from your 3D design. 

The software translates your digital model into a G-Code file which the machine follows to build up a physical part. 

We work with a number of plastic polymers, and have varying technologies from entry level printers to professional grade production machines to cater for a broad spectrum of requirements. 

Machine Specifications

HP 3D Printer

Maximum print dimensions 203 x 203 x 154 mm

This machine prints in ABS filament with dissolvable support structures. Prints on this machine come out cream coloured

Please send files for quotes as .stl format and include the final dimensions of your print

Price £0.32 per cm3 + £10/h (or £5/h member) + £10 bed and bath + VAT

 

Ultimaker 2+ (Members Only)

Maximum print dimensions 223 x 223 x 205 mm

We use PLA filament with these machines and print break-away support structures. We usually stock at least black and white filament but if you require a certain colour then you can purchase PLA filament on eBay (we recommend sellers 3DFilaPrint and RipRapper)

Please send files for quotes as .stl format and include the final dimensions of your print

Price £7.50 for 5h + £1.25 per additional hour + VAT

 


Laser Cutting

This process uses a focussed laser to etch, engrave or cut materials to a detailed and highly accurate CAD design which you design on screen. 

We have a broad range of laser equipment allowing us to work on a huge range of materials, physical sizes and utilise specialist attachments to get the desired output. 

Typically our laser cutters are used for cutting papers, cards, woods, plastics, materials, leathers, felt and for etching designs onto glass, stone, metals and much more.

Machine Specifications

Epilog Laser Fusion M2

Maximum material dimensions 800 x 500 mm

If you’d like to cut wood please only bring laser plywood. This can be sourced at www.kitronik.co.uk or hobarts.com. We don’t recommend trying to cut anything thicker than 9mm. Acrylic sheets can be bought at Stockline Plastics stores in Glasgow and Dundee. They can also be bought online at hobarts.com. NOTE: Please avoid cheap acrylic sheets from eBay they do not cut well. We don’t recommend trying to cut anything thicker than 9mm

Please send files as .ai, .pdf or .dxf and include the dimensions of your cut when you send your file

Price £12/15 mins (non-members) or £12/ 30 mins (members) + possible staff file processing fee + VAT

 

*Please contact us for machine specification and quotes for our large format laser cutters*


VINYL CUTTING

Primarily used in the sign-making industry, this process allows digital artwork to be accurately knife cut into a coloured adhered material to later apply to another surface.

The machines cut through the coloured layer, leaving the design held on a backing material. The waste is removed, and the design is then transferred using a transfer tape onto the required surface. 

Vinyl designs can be applied to walls, glass, vehicles and textiles, but the process can also create stencils, masks and fold lines.

Machine Specifications

Redsail Cutting Plotter

Maximum material dimensions 600 mm x "unlimited"

We stock a variety of colours of vinyl, please contact us to enquire about these. We also stock heat press fabric transfer vinyl

Please send files as .ai or .pdf. Fills only, no strokes please

Price £9/ metre + possible staff file processing fee + VAT


CNC Milling

'Computer Numerically Controlled' Milling, much like a 3D printer, follows a G-Code programmed from your 2D drawing or 3D models to accurately cut or carve a range of materials.

The technology can be utilised to produce everything from furniture and architectural components to moulds and signage.

Our machines can work with foam, rubber, plastics and woods both natural and engineered. Certain soft metals are also machinable through this method.

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Machine Specifications

Roland MDX-40 CNC Milling Machine

Maximum material dimensions 300 x 300 mm

Our milling machine can cut a variety of materials from wood, to engineering foam. Please contact us with specific enquiries.

Please send files as .dxf, .ai or .pdf

Price Members pay £15 up to 4h and £30 up to 7h + VAT; Non-members pay £40/h + VAT


BESPOKE FABRICATION

Our resources allow us the capacity to design, create and manufacture bespoke commission work on your behalf.

Between our studios and manufacturing facilities we have the resources to produce; products, furniture and architectural pavilions.

Our collective experience allows us to approach each project uniquely and to fulfil your requirements.

Contact us for consultation. 


PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

We have a team of in house designers who are on hand to discuss and develop your product ideas into working prototypes or finished products.

Contact us for consultation.

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TEXTILES

MAKLab Textiles was launched in 2014 to support makers and designers who needed access to textile fabrication space and machinery. MAKLab Textiles caters for graduates and professionals in the Fashion/Textiles and Costume industries.

Contact us for more information.