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B-made operates two workshops within UCL. Bartlett and Here East students, staff and researchers may complete the B-made Baseline and Workshop Inductions to gain access to these facilities.

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Workshop access

B-made, The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, represents a team of technical and teaching staff and the Bartlett’s educational manufacturing facilities (workshops).  B-made is located across two sites within The Bartlett School of Architecture’s locations at 22 Gordon Street and UCL at Here East and offers Connected Learning resources online, hosted on Moodle. The B-made team is available to support staff and students in-person or remotely. 

B-made aggregates various analogue and digital fabrication strategies and facilities. The general 'workshop' areas and relevent information to overall B-made facilties are described throughout this page.


The B-made Induction pathway

All B-made access is gained through the following induction pathway;

The pathway starts with the B-made Baseline Induction on Moodle. All Bartlett students are automatically enrolled at the begining of term and will the course will be visible on students' Moodle home page by September 29th 2020. 

After completing the B-made Baseline, you will be able to complete the B-made Workshop Induction, which is only necessary if students would like to have physical access to the core workshop facilities and advanced equipment. After completing the B-made Workshop Induction, there are a series of other Advanced Inductions which can be completed to access various equipment such as the Robots and CNCs.  

To summarise, the B-made induction pathway must be completed in the following order: 

  1. B-made Baseline Induction (Moodle course)
  2. B-made Workshop Induction (via Moodle and in-person)
  3. Advanced Inductions (via Moodle and in-person)  

B-made Baseline 

This year B-made has introduced this B-made Baseline Induction to help B-made and its users adapt to the circumstances brought about by COVID-19. The B-made Baseline Induction provides an overview of B-made’s resources and instructions on how to access the facilities with new safety measures in place. In addition, it introduces core health and safety considerations as well as fundamental making principles by providing training on a suite of hand tools, laser cutters and 3D printers which can be rented out or booked.

The B-made Baseline Induction is completed entirely online and can be done at one’s own pace.  It will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. This new Baseline Induction aims to reduce the amount of staff and students needing to complete any in-person training by unlocking an array of resources that enable making outside of the workshops.

What does the B-made Baseline unlock?

After completing the B-made Baseline Induction, staff and students will have access to:

  • The B-made Workshop Induction (the Moodle course that leads to on-site workshop access)
  • Tool Loans
  • B-made’s digital resources and Connected Learning platform (Moodle)
  • Bookable Equipment
  • Laser Cutters
  • Desktop 3D Printers
  • B-made Services (equipment operated by staff);
  • Wood and sheet cutting on the chop saw or table saw
  • Advanced 3D printing
  • Water-jet cutting (contingent on Here East being open)

Workshop Induction and Advanced Inductions

After completing the B-made Baseline Induction, you can progress to the Workshop Induction and Advanced Inductions which are taught through a Connected Learning approach that uses both online and in-person training. The B-made Workshop Induction will take approximately 2 hours to complete including all online and in-person training. Advanced Inductions can take a matter of days to a number of weeks to complete depending on the equipment the Induction is for, so students should plan accordingly. Returning students who completed the on-site training in the 2019-2020 academic year DO NOT have to redo the on-site training and will simply need to complete the shortened Moodle portion of the Workshop Induction. Students who are interested in specific technologies and equipment can learn more now by visiting our B-made webpages.


 B-made workshop equipment

The equipment listed below is a general summary. Find more specific information on our numerical manufacturing equipment such as laser cutting, CNCs, robotics and 3D printing on each page. Please note that there are variations in the equipment and machinery available at each site.

22 Gordon Street

22 Gordon Street Metal Working Area

Wood-working:

  • pillar drills
  • bandsaws
  • lathe
  • tablesaw
  • planer / thicknesser
  • carving tools / chisels / etc.
  • various standard and specialist hand tools and power tools 

Metal-working 

  • MIG and TIG welding
  • brazing
  • metal cut-off saw
  • metal bandsaw
  • lathes
  • bridgeport milling machine
  • guillotine
  • metal sheet roller
  • tube bending

Other analgoue equipment 

  • vacuum-former
  • kiln

Numerical manufacturing 

Here East

Here East Metal Working Area

Wood-working:

  • pillar drills
  • bandsaws
  • tablesaw
  • planer / thicknesser
  • wall saw
  • carving tools / chisels / etc.
  • various standard and specialist hand tools and power tools 

Metal-working 

  • MIG and TIG welding
  • metal cut-off saw
  • metal bandsaw
  • lathe
  • bridgeport milling machine
  • guillotine
  • metal sheet roller
  • brake press

Numerical manufacturing

 

B-made's Connected Learning online resources 

Connected Learning in B-made

Context

B-made is a popular resource for students and staff as it provides a practical, contextual, and manufacturing-based education that enables the use of specialist equipment and processes. Students develop skills and projects that increase their employability as well as contribute towards their design projects, both pedagogically and physically. Historically, B-made has relied on face-to-face interactions for the majority of activities such as, answering questions, consultations, training, inductions, supervision, etc. This approach is no longer sustainable when considering the lowered building occupancy and social distancing measures that will be in effect throughout 2020-21. A Connected Learning approach will not only help mitigate the reliance on face-to-face interactions but will more importantly help democratise access to students who otherwise may lack the awareness of the B-made resources or confidence in their own making skills to approach the workshop. Online resources will also ensure all students are able to access B-made without physically needing to access the workshops.

B-made's Connected Learning response to COVID-19

B-made is using Connected Learning to ensure students are thoroughly supported. B-made is using digital strategies to mitigate face-to-face interactions on-site and to increase our available educational resources. B-made’s action plan for the 2020-21 Academic Year is to;

  • Cater to the new circumstances in the context of COVID-19.
  • Ensure that B-made’s response and online content is of value and relevant outside of the context COVID-19.
  • Provide practical support with 'how to' guides that do not necessarily require physical outputs or B-made’s on-site equipment.
  • Provide theoretical support with 'why to' guides that address pedagogical ideas around making and manufacturing. Offer unique Connected Learning tools that are bespoke and curated for the Bartlett Audience.

B-made’s Connected Learning Pedagogy

Connected Learning will be used to provide new online resources for Bartlett students that are curated to their needs. B-made’s Connected Learning resources may be fully online and or offer a hybrid approach of online and in-person learning activities. B-made’s Connected Learning Pedagogy is to support 4 key goals summarised with the acronym MADE:

MADE

  • Mitigate
  • Adapt & Accomodate
  • Demonstrate
  • Enhance

Mitigate

Mitigate the dependancy on face-to-face interactions and on-site access for activities that can be done online. Mitigating face-to-face interactions will support the operational management of workshop access by replacing that which can be automated, to an online, asynchronous interface. Introductory, conceptual or technical information that is repeatable and not bespoke to an individual’s project will be adapted to online alternatives. ‘Mitigate’ in practice will be enacted through online resources that include:

  • Clear guidance on how to use the B-made resources.
  • H&S information.
  • Staff Indexes and Online Support to replace drop-in communications.
  • Inductions *note these may require a hybrid approach.

Adapt & Accommodate

Adapt to evolving circumstances, while seeking to democratise access and improve inclusivity. ‘Adapt & Accommodate’ in practice will be enacted through online resources that include:

 

  • Democratising support for all students regardless of skills or background.
  • Asynchronous, interactive content that uses a multi-media, learn-at-your-own-speed approach.
  • Increasing the diversity of support for various activities (including examining gender, race and ableist biases in B-made’s current curriculum).
  • Collecting feedback through student forums and surveys to improve content.
  • Setting out clear guidance on how to use the B-made resources.
  • Providing staff Indexes and Online Support to replace drop-in communications.

 

Demonstrate

Demonstrate technical experience and instructions for making, remotely and onsite. Demonstration has been a historical method of sharing the B-made team's technical expertise and it is important to continue the tradition. ‘Demonstrate’ in practice will be enacted through online resources that include:

  • Instructions *note these may require a hybrid approach.
  • Static technical information such as reference guides, charts, resources, and further readings.
  • Video content to demonstrate tacit knowledge.

Enhance

Invest in academic offerings that do not necessarily require any physical outputs to support activities such as research or sustainability considerations. ‘Enhance’ in practice will be enacted through online resources that include:

 

  • Contextualising or pedagogical concepts, essays and lectures.
  • Technical primers.
  • Static technical information such as reference guides, charts, resources, further readings.
  • Advancing the dialogue between design and manufacturing. 

 

 

 

 


The team 

The B-made team is made up of technicians, teaching fellows in manufacturing and managers. These staff work together across both sites to support the technical knowledge required to facilitate the scope of our operations. The team are also there to support students and staff in the development of their projects.

The B-made team is a critical component to pedagogy of The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, in it is ethos of training and empowering designers and researchers to quesiton and challenge the thresholds of manufacturing and design, and how a recipricol approach can advance design thinking and the future of manufacturing.

B-made enquires

Peter Scully, Technical Director
p.scully@ucl.ac.uk

Viktoria Viktorija, Operations Manager
v.viktorija@ucl.ac.uk

Niamh Grace, Workshop Manager, 22 Gordon Street
n.grace@ucl.ac.uk

Mark Burrows, Workshop Manager, Here East 
mark.burrows@ucl.ac.uk

David Shanks, Project Manager
d.r.shanks@ucl.ac.uk

 


 Health and Safety 

Health and Safety

B-made strives to deliver a cutting-edge resource for manufacturing and considers its Health and Safety practices to be paramount. The B-made Baseline Induction is the baseline entry requirement. It ensures all workshop users are trained on essential tools, evacuations plans, first aid procedures and workshop conduct so that all users can operate safetly. All workshop users must share a commitment to operating safetly and concientiously within the workshop.  

UCL staff and students can visit B-made's Health and Safety page for more information.

Important Health and Safety Notes

It is everyone's job to ensure we are all working in a safe environment.  It is important to highlight for staff and students that the individuals who introduce new risks, own those risks and must take the appropriate measures to remove the potential for harm to occur.  Please take a few moments to read through the information below as you may not be aware that you have responsibilities and obligations to oblige to various Government / legal / UCL or Bartlett Policies.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

COSHH regulations provide a framework to protect people against health risks from hazardous substances. Students or tutors introducing the use of substances into projects should visit the government’s Health and Safety Executive website regarding COSHH to ensure they are following regulations: www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

B-made manages its own COSHH within the workshop and is not responsible for substances outside the workshops or those brought into the workshop by staff or students. B-made can advise, inform or support staff and students regarding COSSH, but individuals who introduce a risk, own that risk. Tutors and students must ensure they understand any risks involved before defining projects by particular chemicals.

Always remember to review the material safety data sheet of chemicals you are using. A safety data sheet is not a risk assessment. You should use the information it contains to help make your a risk assessment for your particular use of the substance.

Resin

B-made respects and supports The Bartlett’s resin ban policy and does not permit its use in the workshops. It is an unsustainable material with various hazardous by-products, during and after casting (sanding/finishing, etc.). Health and environmental concerns and the school’s duty of care supersedes the design opportunities this material presents. The Bartlett prohibits the casting of resin by Bartlett students, indoors or outdoors, on or off the premises. No work cast in resin will be accepted as part of a portfolio submission and student work that contains resin is removed from shows. This includes expanding foams, which are hazardous to health and highly flammable. 

Model Board and MDF

B-made no longer supports the use of dust-producing model boards or MDF on our CNCs. The associated health risks and HSE policies have impacted the decision to protect air quality for students and staff. We now offer model board that chips as it is milled, creating a safer by-product during milling.  MDF is also not permitted on the laser cutters.

Spray Paint

B-made only supports the use of water-based spray paints in the 22 Gordon Street workshop – there are no spray-painting facilities at Here East. To ensure water-based spray paints are used, the B-made Hub now stocks and sells water-based spray paints (sold below market price).