Making Lab

Recently a revolution in technology has enabled tools like 3D printing and photolithography, together with CNC milling and microprocessor control, to be used to prototype and construct a wide range of devices with applications in life sciences research. These include microfabricated devices to control biological systems, microfluidics to move and manipulate the fluid environment, micro-contacting printing to precisely control cell-substrate interactions, sensors to measure biological activities and devices aiding biomedical imaging.

The Making Lab Science Technology Platform (STP) at the Crick brings together these activities, combining complementary activities such as microfabrication, electronics, systems integration and soft lithography. The Making Lab provides Crick researchers with the tools, expertise and training needed to make devices to aid their experiments as well as a forum to share expertise. The Making Lab is positioned to lead a global trend in biology that is enabling the move toward low-cost iterative design of instruments and equipment which are tailor-made for individual groups and experiments.

The Making Lab aims 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 to address their own research questions. We aim to harbour multiple areas of expertise within the Making Lab, including microfabrication (photo- and soft-lithography for microfluidic, micropatterning, lab-on-a-chip and other applications), macrofabrication (3D printing, CNC milling), electronic, optical and thermal design. Although most of the applications will be in the microfabrication area, a number of our projects demand integration of all of these fabrication techniques.

The Making Lab's physical space reflects our workflow and as such consists of a 'dry' space to perform computer-based design and simulation, as well as three lab areas to perform the fabrication. 

The Making Lab is run by:

Ravi Desai (Lead;; +442037963433)

Oscar Zabaco (Bio-devices design coordinator;; +442037963640)