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Support SPACE's new fabrication lab! The Fab Lab will be an affordable & accessible 3D manufacturing facility for creatives. Read more

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Support SPACE's new fabrication lab! The Fab Lab will be an affordable & accessible 3D manufacturing facility for creatives.

London, UK Art
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Our Vision

To provide a complete 3D manufacturing facility for artists and designers that will make scanning and printing 3D objects accessible, and more importantly, affordable. The tools that will be made available would be a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutter, alongside soldering irons and a sewing machine for use with conductive thread.

We are aiming to purchase two 3D printers, 10kg of filament in ABS and PLA, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutting machine, which will offer a comprehensive digitisation facility in our MediaLab. We will also build a dedicated area devoted to additive manufacturing.

'The money flows through you', 2013 by Ryan Gander. The drawing that forms the basis of the 3D printed sculpture.
'The money flows through you', 2013 by Ryan Gander. The drawing that forms the basis of the 3D printed sculpture.

As a charity that offers support for over 700 artists and designers, an affordable and accessible 3D reproduction facility will not only continue our remit to support artists and designers, but will also allow for creatives across London to try their hand at taking their ideas to a level that may not have been evident before.

Soft Circuit workshop with Codasign
Soft Circuit workshop with Codasign

What will differentiate our provisions from similar commercial entities in London is that we will also host regular events, lectures, and seminars that will focus on the discourse associated with digital manufacturing processes. In essence, we are not purely focusing on the how of making, but also the why.

Using a multimeter in a Codasign Arduino workshop
Using a multimeter in a Codasign Arduino workshop

We want to encourage and support a wide range of practitioners, across all ages and backgrounds, to think, make, play, and question.

Memberships for only £20/year will ensure that individuals will have access to all of the facilities.

Just in time for Movember: a 3D printed moustache.
Just in time for Movember: a 3D printed moustache.

You will be part of a network open to likeminded individuals who are passionate about how technology can influence our daily lives.

Working away in our MediaLab.
Working away in our MediaLab.

Risks and challenges

With ever increasing demands we anticipate the following risks and challenges:

1) Ensuring that the individuals using the machines are made aware of correct file types required in order to create satisfactory outputs. We will provide regular on-going workshops that will address these concerns.

2) Providing and maintaining prices for scans and prints that offers excellent value for money when compared to other commercial manufacturing facilities.

3) Ensuring the output is up to standard, even with machines costing significantly less than commercial facilities.

4) Providing 1:1 technical assistance where and when required. The amount of time spent with individuals may vary according to the requirements.

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    8 backers

    You are lovely and you will become part of making the Fab Lab a reality. A super huge thank you. Comes with a free warm fuzzy feeling.

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    £10 reward

    5 backers

    Fantastic! Your name will appear on the list of people on our website that have made this campaign happen. A very very big thank you to you.

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    £20 reward

    53 backers

    Giddy up! You become one of the very first members of the Fab Lab and we'll start working on your card right away.

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    £50 reward

    9 backers

    We're all doing a dance of joy! Be one of the first to receive a surprise mystery object from our machines. It will be shipped to you and could be anything from a rabbit (printed not real), a Klein bottle, or everything in between. You will also become a member of the space.

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    £120 reward

    0 backers

    Amazing! Along with your membership you will get an introductory course in Rhino3D so that you can start designing your own models.

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    £150 reward

    4 backers

    Bear hugs and a big thank you are in order. Receive an object from our 3D printer and your choice of a free one-day course from our MediaLab programme, as well as all the benefits of being a SPACE Friend for one year.

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    £220 reward

    0 backers

    You are an ice lolly on a hot summer day (without the melting dribbles that ultimately ruin your shirt)! You get a membership, a Rhino3D introduction course, AND you'll get to create your object in the Fab Lab.

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    £300 reward

    0 backers

    If Superman had a sibling, you'd be it. You’ll receive a manufactured 3D object of your choice, as well as all the benefits of being a SPACE Best Friend for one year.

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    £600 reward

    1 backer

    You are a substantially-sized diamond! We’ll make you a SPACE Patron, giving you your name on the website, invitations to special events, as well as invites to all of our openings. We’ll even give you a free day of use of either our White Building Event Space or our Big Hires Studio at our HQ on Mare Street.

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    For great generosity comes great rewards. As well as becoming a Patron with all of the benefits above, you’ll receive a unique 3D printed object by internationally renowned artist, Ryan Gander. It will come with a signed certificate of authenticity. Each piece will be a part of his sculpture 'The money flows through you'.

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Funding period

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