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The Factory

The Factory is an innovation space for making, digital fabrication and product design in the heart of South Bristol.

We offer training and enterprise support – helping everyone to make it!

Based in Filwood Green Business Park, KWMC: The Factory offers laser and CNC cutting facilities, product design and prototyping services, and access to inductions and machine hire. Our friendly team can support you with your making needs.

The Factory also offers a programme of memberships, creative training courses and volunteer opportunities, providing support and advice for those looking to develop these new skills into a career or business of their own.

Follow the links below to find out more about what’s happening at The Factory.

INSPIRE Lunchtime Talks

Wednesday 4th December
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Filwood Fantastic – Putting Filwood on the map

Lead by Filwood Community Centre, working in collaboration with KWMC and re:work, Filwood Fantastic is an ambitious 3 year programme.

KWMC The Factory are focusing on reimagining community spaces. Following a collaborative process of co-design, prototyping and fabrication, we’ve already worked with local people to co-create the iconic ‘FILWOOD’ letters that are installed on the railings outside of Filwood Community Centre.

Join us at 12.30pm on Wednesday 4th December to hear from the team involved – find out more about the co-design process, the finished signage and lantern parade launch event, and what’s happening next with Filwood Fantastic.

Filwood Fantastic is funded through a programme called Creative Civic Change

Please email thefactory@kwmc.org.uk to book a place.

*New* KWMC The Factory Memberships Autumn 2019

Become a member and discover lots of opportunities to be part of our rapidly expanding creative community.

Benefits will include:
Access to our digital fabrication equipment
Access to our wood workshop and prototyping lab
A programme of members’ events

To get you started register your interest here and we will get in touch!

Develop, Create and Connect at KWMC The Factory

What people say about us:

“We loved working with The Factory on [our] Tinkering Space – the team were brilliant to work with from beginning to end, and have produced a really high quality, robust result that we and our visitors enjoy every day. “

(Anna Starkey, Creative Director, We the Curious, Bristol)

“[The technicians] and the team at KWMC:  The Factory were great to work with. […] We wanted to work with a social business and we had seen the quality of their work on other projects.  From start to finish the service we received was excellent – and the final product is a much admired part of our new building.”

(Ben Silvey, Director of YMCA Bristol)

“Thanks so much for all the work your team have done in supporting me to make my plywood planters with CNC cutting. I really appreciate it, and if I didn’t have The Factory to get me started, I wouldn’t be at my current stage of scaling up to make larger batches.”

(Beck Prior, Design & Fabrication Artist, Priormade)

Follow the journey of PHD student Alice Haynes during her placement with The Factory here.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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