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B-made Induction and workshop information

Bartlett students and colleagues can access B-made workshop facilities after completing the B-made Induction. Term 1 Inductions ran through October 2022. Term 2 Inductions will resume in January 2023.

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B-made access

B-made, the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, is a popular and widely used resource for Bartlett students and staff interested in historical and cutting-edge analogue and digital fabrication. We provide a practical, contextual and manufacturing-based education enabling users direct access to specialist equipment and processes. Students pedagogically and physically develop their skills alongside their design projects through the lens of manufacturing with us. In theory and practice, B-made is not a service provider; Once trained on the revelant process, workshop users make their own projects except for machinery run only by staff for safety purposes. B-made staff are always on site to support from planning stages to finishing details. It is therefore critical that students and staff planning to use B-made, allow time to undertake the practical training needed to complete their physical project when planning the scope of their design outputs. All workshop users must complete the 2-step process of the B-made Induction consisting of online training and in-person validation of readiness to use the workshop facilities.

B-made Induction

Step 1: online Moodle training

Step 1: online Moodle training

B-made uses a Connected Learning approach with our teaching. This Connected Learning approach aims to democratise student access by accommodating different learning styles and backgrounds. Connected Learning strategies also facilitate improved operations to make the most out of our fixed resources to ensure the Bartlett Faculty of students and colleagues are able to safely engage with B-made's facilities. B-made's Connected Learning strategy uses asynchronous online learning through Moodle and in-person practical training designed to accommodate students of all skills level. The B-made Induction takes new workshop users through our online Moodle course before transitioning to an in-person practical session. Our online Moodle course allows new workshop users to calibrate to the theory, language and specifics of the tools we use in B-made and how we use them. In-person training then pairs students with our staff who guide new users through the manual skills they will need to effectively use the B-made facilities. Current Bartlett students and staff can only access B-made after completing B-made's Induction process.

Step 1 of the B-made Induction, the online Moodle course, consists of a series of interactive videos and quizzes covering the essential technical skills training required to safely and effectively use B-made's workshop facilities. Students are automatically enrolled at the beginning of Term 1 and will have access to the Moodle course from September 29th 2022. Please contact us if you are having difficulties accessing the B-made Moodle course or if you are a member of staff who would like access to B-made's workshop facilities. 

The online Moodle component of the B-made Induction is completed online and can be done at one’s own pace.  It will take approximately 2+ hours to complete depending on previous making experience. The course is open to users of all skill sets and backgrounds. It is critical that individuals engage with this online training and understand the baseline skills covered to be able to successfully complete the next step of the Induction, the in-person training. The in-person training builds off of the Moodle course and validates users' compentance using tools and machines. Completing the Moodle course also unlocks booking permissions for booking an in-person, on-site induction session. 

B-made Induction Moodle

Step 2: in-person training

Step 2: in-person training

Complete Step 1 of the Induction, then sign up for Step 2 on the Moodle page for the in-person practical session portion of the Induction.  All participants must fully engage with the physical making of an object that uses the tools and methods taught in the on-line Moodle training. If you have not completed the Moodle course, or do not participate on-site, you will not be able to complete the practical training and validation process. 

  • Term 1: Please note that we have completed in-person inductions for Term 1 and now must prioritise access for students working towards Term 1 deadlines.
  • Term 2: In-person sessions of the B-made Induction will resume in January 2023.

After completing the B-made Induction

Inducted workshop users will be issued a B-made workshop card. Use this personalised workshop card to access B-made's facilties. B-made's physical workshop facilities are open 09:30 to 17:00 weekdays and we close daily for lunch from 13:00 to 14:00. Access to further resources and advanced manufacturing processes is obtained through further advanced inductions. After completing the essential B-made Induction, workshop users will have access to 

B-made's workshop facilities
Laser cutters
Desktop 3D printers 
Wood and sheet cutting on the chop saw or table saw
Process Tutorials with B-made team members
Advanced Inductions
Tool rentals

Note that there are further Advanced Inductions for specialist equipment and advanced manufacturing process. You will need to complete the required training prior to using equipment not covered in the B-made Induction. To access specialist equipment such as robotics, CNC's, welding or steam bending for example, you will need to complete the B-made Induction, then complete the Advanced Induction for that particular manufacturing process.

Returning workshop users

Returning workshop users

Students who completed the B-made Induction in the 2021/22 academic year, can come to the B-made Hub at either of our B-made workshops and exchange their workshop card for a new 2022/23 card and the Technical Services Officers will update your records.

Lost workshop cards

Returning inducted workshop users who have lost their workshop card can contact us through the B-made Hub email: b-madehub@ucl.ac.uk prior to coming to collect a replacement card so that we can search our records. Please allow at least 24 hours for us to recieve and respond to your message. We will endevour to respond as soon as possible, but please note that the team are busy at the begining of Term 1 so please wait until we have responded to your email before coming to the Hub to obtain your replacement card.

Please include in your message the following details:

  • Full name:
  • UCL ID:
  • Bartlett programme / course 
Advanced Inductions

Advanced Inductions

Inducted workshop users are trained to use essential workshop equipment and tools. B-made facilities offer a wide range of tools and processes that require specialised training. If you are interested in learning more about these advanced technologies or processes learn more about them through our webpages, then book a Process Tutorial to speak to a member of the B-made team about the training pathway for a specific Advanced Induction. You must complete the full B-made Induction before you can book on to an Advanced Induction. 

Examples of tools or processes that require an Advanced Induction include:

 


B-made workshop facilties

B-made operates across multiple sites. Our two main workshop are located within The Bartlett School of Architecture's Bloomsbury site at 22 Gordon Gordon Street in central London, and The Bartlett's UCL at Here East location in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Key equipment and processes are listed below as a general summary. Find more specific information on specialist activies across B-made's webpages. 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 analogue 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


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    The team 

    The B-made team is made up of technical staff and lecturers with a wide breadth of techincal, art and design backgrounds and expertise. Our team work to support the technical knowledge required to facilitate the scope of our operations and support students throughout their projects and education. 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 question and challenge the thresholds of manufacturing and design, and how a reciprocal approach can advance design thinking and the future of manufacturing.

    Contact us

    B-made queries

    Industry parternship opportunities

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

    B-made Induction queries or teaching collaborations

    Viktoria Viktorija, Connected Learning Lecturer 
    v.viktorija@ucl.ac.uk

    B-made at 22 Gordon Street

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

    Martyn Carter, 3D Printing Lecturer and Manager, 22 Gordon Street
    martyn.carter@ucl.ac.uk

    B-made at Here East

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


    Health and Safety 

    B-made strives to deliver cutting-edge resources for manufacturing safely. The B-made Induction serves as a 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 safely. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure we are all working in a safe environment.  Bartlett collegues and students must understand that it is the responsibility of individuals who introduce new risks to own those risks and take the appropriate measures to reduce the likelyhood 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.

    Health and Safety
    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. 

    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.

    UCL staff and students can learn more about indivduals' responsibilities and risk mitigation by visiting B-made's Health and Safety page for more information.