The Kit

We are developing the equipment list all the time. Apart from plenty of bench space we are launching the facility with the following major items of machine equipment but we do expect CRE-8 members to supply their own hand tools, materials and consumables. Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable using the equipment, our makers in-residence can use them for you.

Left hand side of Workshop
Sample equipment


  • FDM 3D printer
  • SLA 3D printer
  • Plastic Vacuum Forming Machine
  • Oscillating drum sander
  • Environmental Chamber
  • CNC Router
  • Manual milling
  • Manual Lathe
  • Bandsaw
  • Circular Bench Saw (cutting provided as a service. Our insurance won’t allow general use!)
  • Bench drill
  • Bench sanders
  • Arc welder
  • Compound Mitre Saw

Equipment Pricing for our members

Booking will be available through cobot. CRE-8 membership includes the usage of the bench top tools.

Storage locker rental £10 per month 120x60x60cms. Only available to current monthly members
Environmental test chamber £50 day  
Manual lathe £5 hour  
Manual mill £5 hour  
CNC router £15 half day Isel bridge router. Member supplies material and tooling
3D printer CEL ROBOX £5 hour  
vacuum former £5 hour 44cm(L) x 23cm(W) x 15cm (H) Clarke vacuum former. Member supplies former and forming material.

Training prices for our members

Basic workshop induction and assessment. £35 one hour. Individual training in basic use of the workshop and includes an assessment of current competency to determine further training requirements.

Bench-top Power tools £35 one hour. Includes use of pillar drill, bench grinder, band-saw, chop saw and bench sander

Paid for Machine familiarisation £35 one hour duration. For members who have been assessed as having competency with manual machine tools this is a familiarisation with the lathe, milling machine, CNC router and vacuum former.

CNC router basic training £70 two hour duration Learn how to use the Isel bridge router including programming cutter paths from imported data and work piece and tool setting.

Manual lathe basic training £35 one hour duration.

Manual mill basic training £35 one hour duration.

3D printer basic training £35 one hour duration.