Getting started

If you’re not sure how or where to begin with your project in one of our technical service areas, take a look at our quick-start guide.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    This is crucial, you don't need to build a plane to test a wing.

  2. Step 2

    Arrange a meeting with your supervisor/mentor and a technician. We need to make sure that everyone is on the same page to prevent any time being wasted on the wrong aim.

  3. Step 3

    When you're consulting a technician, bringing a drawing, computer-aided design (CAD) render, or even a sketch, can help technicians understand what you want to achieve, and enable us to help you faster.

  4. Step 4

    Give yourself more time than you think you need. Making anything always takes longer than you think.

  5. Step 5

    Although exciting, 3D printing and CNC machining often isn't the fastest or easiest method available to you. It’s worth your time considering the more classic processes we have available.

  6. Step 6

    You'd be surprised by what ideas you can test using things lying around the house (cardboard, tape, lollypop sticks, etc). You can prototype initial ideas very quickly and potentially save money.