In the Material Lab you will be encouraged to acquire haptic – touch-based – and manipulative skills and gain an understanding of material properties. Some components of the Material Lab are based in our £8m Craft, Design and Fabrication workshops, formally opened by Sir John Sorrell in November 2014, including our Glass-blowing house, our Ceramics space, our Metals workshop, and our Plaster room.
Metals – Large Metals includes facilities for specialist welding and brazing as well as a plasma cutter. In addition, there is a grinding room for shaping and finishing your work. The Small Metals workshop houses 24 soldering stations, industry-standard vacuum metal casting, electroforming, enamelling kilns, hydraulic press-forming, micro-scale welding and much more.
3D Wood and Plastics – 3D wood and plastics enables construction of almost anything, from CNC machined plywood furniture to bespoke stretchers and substrates for painting, a turned wooden bowl to a vacuum-formed costume mask.