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The Factory

Welcome to South Bristol’s community makerspace!

An innovation centre for making, digital manufacturing and product design in the heart of Knowle West. 

Develop, Create, Connect

Based at Filwood Green Business Park, KWMC The Factory supports a diverse community of creative practitioners, businesses and local residents to develop new skills, create and test new products and prototypes, and connect with others. 

We offer a range of facilities including laser and CNC cutting, 3D printing and product design and prototyping services. Our friendly team can support you with your making needs.

The Factory also offers a programme of memberships, creative training courses, enterprise support activity and volunteer opportunities, providing support and advice for those looking to develop these new skills into a career or business of their own. We also welcome those who love to make just for the fun of it!

Find out more about what’s happening at The Factory by choosing from the options in the menu to the right (below on mobile).

You can also watch our video here:

 What people say

“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. “

(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)

“I was confident with computers at the start, but I’ve learnt so much more. I now have a good grounding to do more projects and I’ve worked out I can do self- led learning. I’ve spent a lot of time suppressing my creativity. But I learnt to explore my ideas and giving myself permission to do that.”

(Hannah, participant on the Making It course)

“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)

“I didn’t realise I could accomplish something so big with such a small amount of experience. In a perfect world I would become a freelance illustrator/designer. In September, I’m going back to college to start my journey towards this.”

(Alfie, participant on the Making It course)

If you have a general Factory enquiry, please email

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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