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WHO

Anyone looking for affordable workshop spaces to build their ideas under the guidance of specialist technicians

WHAT

Metal, Print, Wood, Biomaterials, Plastics and Digital Workshops, plus technical support and community events and networking

COST

Flexible Membership – £50p/m (inc. VAT)
Full Access Membership – £100p/m (plus VAT)

DURATION

Flexible, depending on your needs

Technical guidance and advice

Know what you want to make but not quite sure how to make it? As a Maker Member, you’ll have access to our team of specialist technicians and community of fellow practitioners who have decades of industry experience in wood, metal, plastic, biomaterials, textiles print and more. Get the support you need, when you need it.

They love nothing more than a technical challenge so don’t let that hold you back!

Take a tour

Use the map below to take an interactive 360-degree tour of our Production Space and start planning your next making project. Discover a treasure trove of kit and equipment, waiting to be experimented with.

Sign up as a Maker Member today to access everything you could ever need to test, experiment and prototype new products, ideas, and artworks.

 

 

 

Digital Manufacturing

From 3D printers to laser cutters, and CNC-cutting in wood and metal, we make it easy to start or speed up your Digital Manufacturing journey, and with our specialist team on hand, you’ll quickly get the measure of the basics so you can start experimenting with possibilities.

If you’re ready to get going already, we’re set up to 3D print in resin, castable wax, nylon, PLA, clay and more – everything you need to develop production-ready prototypes in the material of your choice.

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

Biomaterials 

A first-of-its-kind space in Birmingham, our Biomaterials lab is set up for experimentation and exploration, so you can start making healthier and more sustainable materials using simple techniques. Discover the possibilities of alternative materials made from mycelium, coffee grounds, eggs shells and more. Our Biomaterials lab is an open space designed for you to give it a go.

Our materal specialists are on hand to guide your material development along the way, so that we can work together to create a better and more sustainable world.

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

 

Textiles and Print

Our Textiles and Print zone is full to the brim with everthing you need to professionalise your practice, including a large-format silkscreen printing table, exposure unit and washout booth, as well as sublimation and UV printers, heat presses, industrial sewing machines and overlockers.

Whether you’re new to print or need to make production ready prototypes of your work, our team has years of industry experience to support you, however you need.

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

 

Wood and Metal

Our fully-equipped resistant-materials zone is set up with fabrication equipment for hot and cold metalworking, so you can roll, fold, cut, sand, polish, join, and machine in almost any metal.

The Wood zone can support you with everything from prototyping furniture to the production of moulds, jigs, models and maquettes. We’ve got a table saw, bandsaw and planer thicknesser, alongside sanders, a vacuum press and a range of power tools and hand tools – all that’s missing is your curiousity.

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

 

Events and Networking

All of our STEAMhouse members get access to our community events, designed to enable collaboration and inspire innovation. Connect with the community, focus on your wellbeing and learn new skills that empowers you and your business to thrive. If you need help getting your craft out there, our events and STEAMhouse community can help you with social amplification.

Our events programme is diverse, inclusive and accessible – meet like minded people by taking part in comedy workshops and funding seminars, or explore alernative futures with people working across disciplines. Whatever you’re curious about, we’ve got it covered. We look forward to seeing you here!

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

Upcoming STEAMhouse EVents

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I have been really impressed with the support from STEAMhouse, they are always ready to share their expertise and knowledge which has been really helpful to me.

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Studio Access

Want access to the Studio Workspace and the Production Space?

Get Studio Space and Production Space access all in one, so you can bring your creative ideas to life with dedicated studio space, workstations, and beautiful natural lighting.

Locate your business or creative practice in the STEAMhouse Studio and get open access to our Production Space and specialist Technician support with Studio Maker Membership.

Ready to apply? Get started and complete the application form here.

Other Memberships Available

Not found what you’re looking for? Check out our other membership types. We’ve got membership options that suit whatever you’re in need of, whether it’s access to hi-tech drop-in hotdesking, or a more permanent workspace for you and your team.

Every membership, including Maker Membership, comes with all the business essentials you need: from high-speed Wi-Fi to laser printing, to showers and secure bike storage, and unlimited tea and coffee, so you can do your best work.

Join us for a tour and cuppa

Not sure if STEAMhouse is for you? Want to find out more? Meet with a mentor from our community over a cup of coffee (or whatever your drink of choice is) to discover how STEAMhouse can help you with the tools and support you need.

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