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Welcome to the Hacker toolkit – a selection of “how to” articles, useful links, hacker interviews, tips and tricks for equipment and processes, and lots more juicy nuggets of information designed to get you started on your making journey!

Useful links

3D Modelling 

Autodesk Fusion 360 cloud-based 3D CAD design tool that’s free to students and academics  

Meshmixer Free software for modelling, making and printing 

3D Printing  

Cura A free 3D printing tool that allows you to generate gcode for Ultimakers 

UP Studio A free 3D printing tool that allows you to send your files to the UP Minis


How to…

Print prototypes for product development

3D printing has revolutionised the prototyping and development of physical products. With limited experience, you can rapidly create models or even small-scale production-runs of products with a very quick turnaround from design to realisation.

3D printer

The long read…

A beginner’s guide to rapid prototyping

Prototyping is the idea of making something, and rapid is obviously doing that really fast. A prototype can be a very powerful tool to sell your idea. Here Hannah Cameron talks us through rapid prototyping and her top tips/thoughts on how to get started.

hand working on electronic components

Slack community

Join us on our Slack workspace, where you can chat the ICAH team and fellow Hackspace Community Members. You can also get help with your projects by posting questions on our dedicated #helpzone channel.


More from Hackspace

Discover what’s going on at the Hackspace.

Students show their prototypes in the workshop

Read our success stories

Students talk in the workshop with a Hack Fellow

Work with us

The electronics and digital manufacturing workshop at Hackspace

Our facilities

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