It has been just over a week since Machines Room said goodbye to our Hello Shenzhen Maker in Residence, Kang Cheng, but far from being a final farewell, the exchange programme has proven to be only the start of what we hope will be a long-term collaboration between our East London makerspace and Kang and his team at Esun makerspace in Shenzhen.

During his residency Kang worked on a project in collaboration Disrupt Disability, designing and prototyping a core ‘hub’ for a wheelchair.

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Rachael’s brief for Kang was to design and develop a core ‘hub’ for a wheelchair

Disrupt Disability have been Makers in Residence at Machines Room since June 2016, and are working on a project exploring how makerspaces can be used to connect wheelchair users directly to the design and manufacturing process of making wheelchairs. …


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We’re changing it up at Machines Room! Starting Wednesday 27th November we will launch our new membership scheme and our revamped fablab at Containerville. We’ve downsized to one container to focus on digital fabrication, and we’ll also have 3 desks available for rent.

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To sign up to our new streamlined Fabman booking system, please complete this google form, and we’ll create a new account for you. We will be cancelling all membership on our current system, so if you are due a membership or booking refund, let us know at info@machinesroom.org. …


Re:flex is a team working to make shape-memory materials accessible. We developed our own composite material that can change its shape with heat and are exploring its applications in an everyday context — beyond the traditionally technical fields that shape-memory materials are normally used in.

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What brought you to Machines Room?

After graduating we needed a space to continue working on re:flex. We had a few friends who had used the space as professional members (Good Waste and Ned Quiney from Cohort), and it seemed to be the first name mentioned when asking people about workshops in London. …

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