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The B-made Hub

There is a B-made Hub within each of B-made's two centre locations. The Hubs serve as access points to B-made, rent tools and sell consumables for use with B-made’s equipment and facilities.

Access point to B-made

Workshop cards, PPE and First Aid  

All inducted workshop users check into the B-made facilities through The Hub. The Technical Services Officers at each site manage access and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workshop users. Technical Services Officers are also trained First Aiders and have First Aid kits on hand to support accidents or injuries.  

If you have lost your B-made workshop card, please email the B-made Hub for a replacement.

Workshop Consumables

Laser-cutting materials

B-made has two different models of laser cutters. Please check the dimensions of the machines when you are setting up your files in line with the sheet material sizes listed below.

We stock laser plywood, acrylic and paper products for use on our laser cutters:

Laser plywood

Plywood

Poplar plywood

  • 3mm thickness | sheet sizes: (610 x 610) (610 x 1220)
  • 6mm thickness | sheet sizes: (610 x 610) (610 x 1220)
  • 9mm thickness | sheet sizes: (610 x 610) (610 x 1220)

Birch plywood

  • 0.8mm thickness | sheet sizes: (610 x 610) (610 x 1220)
  • 1.5mm thickness | sheet sizes: (610 x 610) (610 x 1220)

Acrylic sheet

Clear acrylic 

acrylic
  • 2mm thickness | sheet sizes: (500 x 330) (500 x 500) (500 x 1000)
  • 3mm thickness | sheet sizes: (400 x 600) (500 x 330) (500 x 500) (500 x 1000)
  • 5mm thickness | sheet sizes: (500 x 330) (500 x 500) (500 x 1000)
  • 10mm thickness | sheet sizes: (500 x 330) (500 x 500) (500 x 1000)

Coloured / special effects acrylic

shop special effects acrylic
  • coloured / tinted / flourescent acrylic: 3mm thickness | sheet size 400 x 600
  • mirrored / frosted: 3mm thickness | sheet sizes: (500 x 330) (500 x 500) (500 x 1000)

Paper products 

paper
  • white Card / black card: A1 x 0.5mm / 1mm
  • white card / black card: A2 x 0.5mm / 1mm / 2mm
  • greyboard: A2 x 1mm / 2mm 

Dangerous / Unsafe Materials 

The following materials are not permitted on the laser cutters for the various reasons listed below.  Laser cutters burn through materials to make their cuts so some plastics, adhesives and resins are dangerous to use on laser cutters as they can emit toxic fumes or increase fire risks when they are burned:

ABS plasticemits cyanide gas  / increased fire risk
Carbon Fibreemits noxious fumes
Fibreglassemits noxious fumes
MDFclogs machine filters
Polyethelenemelts / increased fire risk
Polypropylenemelts / catches fire
Polystyrene melts / catches fire
Polyvinyl Butyralemits toxic fumes
PTFE plasticemits hydrogen cyanide
PVCemits chlorine gas and corrodes machine
Resinsemit toxic fumes

If you don't know, don't cut; 

If you are unsure about whether the material you are planning to laser cut is safe to use do not proceed with cutting it until you have spoken to a member of the B-made team.  The B-made Hub sells acrylic, paper, card and plywood that are all ideal for laser cutting.

3D printing materials

B-made supplies two types of desktop 3D printers available for Bartlett students to rent throughout the school year.

The B-made Hubs now supply approved, high quality, recycled PLA filament.  We sell them without individual boxes to reduce waste and are able to offer them at a great discount to market prices. Students must use approved filaments for the Desktop 3D printers they rent from B-made to protect the printers longevity. Other filaments cannot be used without permission from the 3D Printing Manager as they may be toxic, can damage the machines or can produce poor quality prints.  

ultimaker

 

  • 2.85mm thick PLA filament in black or white 

makerbot

Makerbot Filament 

  • 1.75mm thick PLA filament in black or white (Verbatim)

Please note, you do not need to purchase material for B-made's 3D printing service prints as they are priced to include the material.

Large sheet material | plywood / MDF 

B-made's large sheet goods come in 1220mm x 2440mm sheet sizes. In order to get sheets cut on the B-made tablesaw you must complete a cut list and purchase the appropriate amount of material from the shop. Once issued a reciept, you can bring your cut list and reciept to one of our technicians who will cut the specified material according to the cut list.  

 

CNC milling materials

B-made no longer supports the use of dust producing boards on our CNCs. The associated health risks and HSE policies have impacted the discussion 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 not permitted on the CNCs.

More

 

The Hub also sells various other consumables such as tapes, glues, screws and bolts and model making materials. If you have any suggestions regarding our stock please email us at bmadehub@live.ucl.ac.uk but please beaware that the Hub must only order through UCL approved suppliers and it there to support B-made operations, so though we always strive to bring in quality materials at fair prices, we are limited in what we can resonably supply. 

Resin 

B-made respects and supports the Bartlett’s resin policy and does not permit resin use in the workshops. It is an unsustainable material with various hazardous by-products during and after casting (sanding / finishing etc.). There are health and environmental concerns that surround the use of resin so the school’s duty of care to everyone’s safety supersedes the design opportunities this material presents. 

All resin is banned entirely. The Bartlett prohibits the casting of resin by Bartlett students, indoors or outdoors, on or off College premises. No work, cast in resin will be accepted as part of a portfolio submission. Student work that contains resin is removed from shows. 

This includes expanding foams. Expanding foams are hazardous to health and highly flammable.

Spray-paint 

B-made only supports the use of water-based spray paints in the Bloomsbury Workshop location. There are no spray-painting facilities at Here East. The B-made Hub now stocks and sells water-based spray-paints below market prices to ensure that students can reliably use water-based spray-paints.