About Us

Build Brighton is a communal workshop and collective of over 100 makers, designers, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and artists who love to build stuff.

We’re part of a global network of makerspaces – places where people do creative projects, such as electronics, 3D printing, crafts, woodworking and food hacking. Our main purpose is to provide tools and a space in which our members can gather, collaborate and learn from each other. People can beaver away on their own projects, or take part in exciting group projects in a playful and friendly environment.

We are a not-for-profit community run entirely by volunteers. Our members pay a monthly subscription that goes towards paying for the workshop space and providing equipment, amenities and assets for the group.

Please note: We don’t offer a laser cutting or 3D printing service.

Our Tools

We have a wide range of tools and equipment in the workshop for wood and metalworking, electronics and crafts.

  • CO2 Laser cutter* for plywood and acrylic (40W 500x300mm)
  • Myford metal-turning lathe*
  • Axminster wood-turning lathe*
  • CNC router* [nearly ready]
  • RepRap 3D printer*
  • Mig welder*
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Chop saw
  • Bandsaws for wood and metal
  • Bench scroll saw
  • Bench grinders and disk, cylinder and belt sanders
  • Pillar drills
  • Hand saws, power saws & power drills
  • Hammers, spanners, screwdrivers, files, clamps & vices
  • Soldering-stations & related tools
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Logic analyzer
  • PCs & printers
  • Cables, components and consumables
  • Various devices to hack apart

3D Printer made by our members

* The laser cutters, metal-turning lathe, welder and CNC are subject to an additional one-off induction fee, which goes towards paying for the initial cost of the equipment. Due to the high cost of replacing consumable parts in the laser cutters, there is also a per-hour usage charge. Use of the 3D printer is charged by the final print weight, this helps cover maintenance costs.

The list of tools was correct at the time of writing but is subject to change.

Why is it sometimes called a hackerspace?

Despite the name, hackerspaces have nothing to do with cyber-crime or malicious computer hacking. Our members are the type of people who love taking things apart to find out how they work… and putting them back together with a few improvements i.e. hacking! But we have chosen to go with the term makerspace, because of the connotations with the word hacking. Build Brighton is part of a network of over 1,000 independently-run maker/hackerspaces all over the world – there are over 30 in the UK. To find out more about the network in the UK, go to hackspace.org.uk. There are also other schemes such as FabLabs and Eagle Labs which have similar aims but different structures.

Membership of Build Brighton is on a “pay-what-you-can” basis. The average monthly subscription is around £20, but all we ask is that you pay a subscription each month, and that you pay what the hackspace is worth to you!