MadLab

Digital Making

Our definition of digital making is twofold, it’s about “making digital things” and “making things using digital tools”. Frequently it involves both!

This encompasses everything from creating new software and electronic hardware using open source tools such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, through to designing and constructing physical objects using digital tools – CNC machines, 3D printers, laser cutters. As software and hardware continue to “eat the world”, this second category is expanding to cover new areas previously untouched by digital makers – digital biotechnology and automation for example.

Digital making runs deep in MadLab’s veins. It was a trip to legendary hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco that provided the catalyst for what we have since become. Whether it’s supporting software and hardware communities in coming together to share learning and discuss their craft, putting together training in new digital making technologies (MadLab was one of the first places in the country to offer courses in Arduino for instance, and now “Internet of Things”), or running public events to open peoples’ eyes to the possibilities which digital making provides.

Recent Activities

Workshop & Lab Coming Summer 2015
A fully-featured digital makers workshop and community biotechnology lab.

Makers in Space (2014)
DIY space technology initiative, funded by the UK Space Agency.

Inventory (2014)
The hardware store re-invented.

Labeasy (2013)
An award-winning two-week popup biotechnology lab and hackerspace, in conjunction with The Arts Catalyst.

Patchworks (2013)
New technology co-design for “hard-to-reach” communities, in conjunction with Lancaster University and Signposts Morecambe.

Artsense EU (2013)
Constructed an Open Source, portable skin conductance biosensor (a “portable polygraph”) for an EU Funded Art-Science initiative, with FACT Liverpool.