Make Works Blog
How to find a manufacturer in Scotland
Sourcing manufacturers is a constant challenge for creatives and small businesses alike. Here are some top tips for your factory finding research. Read more
"Why is local manufacturing important?"
For Factory Friday this week, we've rounded up some of our favourite fabricator answers to the question "Why is local manufacturing important?" Read more
What is Powder Coating and how can I use it?
Powder coating is the process of choice for contemporary designers this year. How does this process work and where can you find powder coaters in Scotland? Read more
Graduates Guide: how to carry on making
With degree show just round the corner, you'll be glad to hear that whether you're looking to start your own business, find an open access workshop or become an apprentice, there are loads of ways to carry on making in Scotland after graduating. Read more
Factory Friday: SPLINTR
This week we interview SPLINTR, who tell us about how their drive to 'make a job, rather than take a job' resulted in running a busy fabrication business, straight out of university. Read more
The Make Works Guide to manufacturing in Edinburgh
Both a practical guide to manufacturing in Edinburgh and some historical perspective on how the capital is emerging as a center of micro manufacturing in Scotland. Read more
Factory Friday: Downie Allison Downie Bookbinders
This week we speak with Glasgow's master bookbinder, Downie Allison Downie Read more
How to understand factory jargon
We know that talking to manufacturers can be a bit tricky. Here’s a list of some of the manufacturing terminology that you might hear when having those initial conversations with a local manufacturer. Read more
Factory Friday: Edinburgh Printmakers
For this week's Factory Friday we speak with Edinburgh Printmakers about how they've been keeping the spirit of the collective alive for nearly fifty years. Read more
Is wood sustainable and where should you be buying it from?
Make Works explore the sawmills of Scotland and how can you make sure that you are buying wood that is sustainably sourced. Read more
Factory Friday: Flux Laser Studio
Alice from Flux Laser Studio tells us what it was like opening a digital fabrication studio before people really knew what digital fabrication was. Read more
Where can I get models and prototypes made?
The first step to getting your idea into the world is to start making a prototype or model. Here's a list of some makers, workshops and manufacturers in Scotland who can help you out. Read more