Building skills through creativity
South London Makerspace (SLMS) is a not-for-profit, shared access community workshop with 350 members based in a self-renovated railway arch in Herne Hill, London.
The makerspace is run by volunteers and has facilities for 3D printing, textiles, electronics and woodworking to name a few. Many members set out to use the facilities for personal purposes but many have gone on to develop products for sale and two have even started their own businesses as a result. Alongside being a creative hub for members, SLMS have created a strong social environment, often running public events and opening the makerspace to support other community groups.
A cornerstone of South London Makerspace's vision is for knowledge transfer and skill sharing between members. With no formal training provided, members learn how to use the technology from the more experienced members, and the close proximity of the different technologies means that members quickly pick up new skills.
When still a relatively small makerspace with around 30 members, SLMS began looking to add laser technology to their portfolio.