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D-Lab East

Funded on Spacehive 14 December 2018 Delivered 30 September 2021

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D-Lab East

D-Lab Studios By D-Lab Studios

D-Lab have secured a lease for the Get Living marketing suite in East Village, Stratford E20. Help us transform it into an open access creative place to work, make, and learn for everyone in Newham!

Stratford Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Dec 2018!

D-Lab East will provide life changing opportunities for local businesses, freelancers, creatives, and young people in Newham. We’re fundraising to establish a new creative hub for everyone who wants to work, make, and learn on their doorstep. With full funding, as soon as next Spring you’ll be able to: * Launch or grow your business with affordable desk rental and access to industry mentors and regional support networks. *Innovate and experiment in a fully equipped makerspace including VR/AR, laser cutters, and industrial robotics. *Discover new skills with our creative technology workshops. *Support our outreach programs with local schools, community groups and the wider East London Community. We’ve secured the site, but now we need your help to make it one of the best equipped in the country so we can give everyone in Newham the opportunity to discover digital skills for the emerging creative economy. Invest in the future of your community and make a pledge today!

What we'll deliver:

  • Affordable desk rental for local creative freelancers and start-ups.
  • A fully equipped community-powered maker space with cutting edge equipment available to all.
  • Educational programs covering architecture, programming, graphic design, robotics, and more.
  • An outreach program encouraging school children to explore emerging creative, digital, and STE(A)M careers.
  • Mentorship, support, and networking for new businesses.
  • Kids’ clubs, employment assistance, mentoring, and more.
  • All the equipment we buy stays in the Community because we are a Community Interest Company and the assets are locked.

Why it's a great idea:

The creative economy is growing fast but opportunity in this emerging sector is hard to come by, and usually takes a fair bit of financial commitment. As a group of architects, designers, and technologists, we’ve been lucky enough to draw the long straws and now we want to support people who need a helping hand in these challenging industries. D-Lab is unlike any other co-working environment or makerspace. We’re a community interest company, meaning that profits from our desk rentals and memberships are returned into the community - enabling us to run innovative outreach programs curated and taught by our own versatile pool of industry leaders and members. With D-Lab East we’ll be able to support local business, freelancers, and young people with the space, tools, training, and opportunities they need to become local leaders in the creative sector. Help us make it happen - make a pledge, spread the word, and come and have a chat with us about how we can help the creative community.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buy all machines and make space operational
  • Get a pop-up space to showcase D_Lab East offering in order to get community feedback
  • Run open inductions for the community to enable open access
  • Start running educational programmes for local community & schools

Until Spring, D-Lab Pop-Up will be open in Mirabelle Gardens - East Village, providing digital workshops and events and serving up tea to anyone who would like to come down and chat about the project and how we can best serve the local community. For more details check out the website and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Location Stratford

About the space

Newham and surrounding boroughs


London Borough of Newham

How will the money be spent?Total £70,812

Roland Modela MDX-50 Benchtop Milling Machine - £11,518 (16%)
Workshop Furniture - £10,000 (14%)
Large Robotic Arm x2 - £10,000 (14%)
Markforged Onyx Pro - £7,194 (10%)
Laser Cutter Extractor - £6,358 (9%)
Formlabs Form 2 Complete Package - £5,328 (8%)
EVA Robotic Arm - £4,990 (7%)
Delta WASP FDM/Ceramic Printer - £3,399 (5%)
3d FDM Printers (Up! Box+ ) x2 - £3,098 (4%)
Vive Pro VR System x2 - £2,599 (4%)
Other - £6,328 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Roland Modela MDX-50 Benchtop Milling Machine
Workshop Furniture
Large Robotic Arm x2
Markforged Onyx Pro
Laser Cutter Extractor
Formlabs Form 2 Complete Package
EVA Robotic Arm
Delta WASP FDM/Ceramic Printer
3d FDM Printers (Up! Box+ ) x2
Vive Pro VR System x2
Other Read More
  • Small Robotic Arm
  • Xerox C7000 Laser Printers x2
  • Epsom A2 Photo Printer
  • Spacehive fees
  • Lego - Materials Various
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We'll use any extra money to 1. Run more workshop sessions by employing another person to deliver these. 2. Fund a laser cutting machine

Total £70,812

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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