Making Lab

A microfluidic device

We design and make new devices for Crick researchers – and help them make their own – so they can answer complex research questions and accelerate biomedical discovery.

We help Crick researchers to make their own devices by training them to use our equipment, or by using our engineering expertise to design and make devices by working closely with them.

Researchers use the devices to explore everything from the origins of cell structure or the metabolism of yeast to the molecular basis of inflammation.

The devices we design and make are always the right size to address the scientific question, so they are often on the scale of individual cells and small tissues. This means they can be 10-100 micrometres (or one millionth of a metre), smaller than or similar to a human hair.

The creation of tiny structures is called microfabrication, and we're also experts in macrofabrication, such as 3D printing. We also have expertise in electronics and many other manufacturing techniques.

We aim to be a creative, collaborative co-working space where Crick researchers work together with Making Lab staff and other researchers to exchange skills, ideas and techniques.

Beyond the Crick, we’re looking to become leaders in the integration of engineering approaches with biomedical research.