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Factory Membership

Your route to independent making at The Factory

Ever wanted to get your hands on a laser cutter? use a 3D printer or get crafty with a digital embroiderer? Factory Membership is your way to access all this kit and a lot more. Members also crucially have access to the training and support needed to explore digital making and how it can work for you, your business or your hobbies.

For £5 per month, you will be a part of our vibrant member community and have access to inductions, kit hire and member events. You will also hear about upcoming opportunities at The Factory through our Members newsletters and updates.

The membership fee is a small monthly subscription which members pay as a contribution to our costs. The cost of kit hire and inductions is charged on top of this based on use.

Factory members are able to book our kit and inductions throughout the week subject to availability, though we recommend those wishing to grow in confidence, book slots on a Wednesday when we hold our weekly Members Wednesdays sessions. More on those below.

Who is it for?

  • Factory Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18
  • No experience is necessary

Kit

The Factory has a fantastic range of digital fabrication equipment available for our members to hire. 
Find out about what is currently available here.

In order to use kit independently, we run a full induction programme which starts with an online induction using our Factory Learning Portal. You will then move on to an in-person induction with one of our technicians. Once these are complete you will then be free to book equipment in our management system Fabman.

Kit hire and inductions are charged in addition to the membership fee, based on your bookings each month.

All Costs are listed in Fabman.

Membership Handbook and Agreement

Our membership scheme is explained in more detail in our Membership Handbook which you can view it here.
As part of the registration process we ask all members to read this handbook and agree to our Membership Agreement which you can view here.

Members Wednesdays

On a Wednesday we dedicate the whole of The Factory to our community of members.

Bring a project to work on, learn about new opportunities and meet other members at one of our socials.

You may also choose to use this day to use one of our Macs to do some free online training in design or to commence your kit inductions.

On a Wednesday we also have an enhanced technician presence so it is also a great idea to make machine bookings on this day to grow in confidence or get a little more support.

We also hold socials and taster sessions on Wednesdays so you can see our kit and learn what is possible using it.

Signing up

If you would like to become a member at The Factory, or simply find out more about what we do.  please come along to one of our in-person tours, see the space in action and meet some of our other members. You will have the opportunity to sign up at the end of the tour or you can take some time to think about it. No pressure.

Factory Tours

Every Wednesday at 11am we run a tour for new members. Come along and find out about the Factory, see our kit and workshops and ask our team any questions you may have. No need to book, just arrive at The Factory 5 minutes before the tour begins to sign in.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Membership which you would rather ask by email,  please contact the team at factory_members@kwmc.org.uk.

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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