Wavemaker is Stoke-on-Trent’s first digital fabrication and rapid prototyping workspace. Located on the top floor of the Mitchell Arts Centre, we are a 3000 sq.ft makerspace. Within this space we deliver education workshops, host technology and maker events, and provide open access to our equipment for members of our community. We also provide hot desking opportunities.

We have a range of fabrication tools at your disposal. These include a laser cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and sewing machines. In addition to this we have a range of hand and power tools.

Equipment and Power Tools

  • 60 Watt Laser Cutter and Engraver
  • Makerbot 3D Printer (5th Generation)
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vinyl Cutter and Plotter
  • Heat Press (for applying garment vinyl)
  • Cordless Drill and Impact Driver
  • Hot Glue Guns

Hand Tools

  • Phillips, Bladed and Specialty Screwdrivers
  • Hack and Wood Saws
  • Mallet and Hammer
  • Pliers, Cutters and Clamps
  • Rulers and Measuring Tapes
  • Squares, Levels, Pencils
  • Soldering Irons

Hot Desking

Hot Desking

We provide hot desking opportunities for entrepreneurs needing a space to work. A relaxed, flexible space to help you meet your needs, helping you to get started and grow.

Call in or contact us to find out more about what we can offer and how you can get involved. 



  • Pay per minute
  • Wi-Fi Internet connection
  • Printing facilities
  • Meeting desk and display screens
  • Access to a community of artists, makers and entrepreneurs
  • Tea, coffee and refreshments
  • Opportunities to network


Equipment costs

Prices for using our equipment are below. These prices are based on you operating the equipment yourself.

If you do not wish to use the equipment and would like one of Wavemaker’s staff to complete a job for you then please visit our services section for more information.

Laser Cutter

£ 0.50

Per minute5 minute minimum booking.

Materials not included.

3D Printer

£ 3.00

Per hourTime and price calculated per job.

Materials included.

Vinyl Cutter

£ 0.25

Per minute5 minute minimum booking.

Materials not included.

Heat Press

£ 0.25

Per minute5 minute minimum booking.

Materials not included.

Sewing machine

£ 0.20

Per minute5 minute minimum booking.

Materials not included.


Material costs

For large or bespoke jobs we recommend you source and provide your own materials. We can advise on this if necessary.

We can, however, supply certain materials for small or one-off jobs. Prices for these are shown below.

3mm Ply

£ 6.00

Per sheet600 x 400 sheet

Laser safe birch ply

3mm MDF

£ 3.00

Per sheet600 x 400 sheet

Laser safe MDF

3mm Acrylic

£ 10.00

Per sheet600 x 400 sheet

Various colours available

Sign Vinyl

£ 2.00

Per metre600mm width

Various colours available

Garment Vinyl

£ 8.00

Per metre500mm width

Various colours available

Further Information

Equipment Information

Using the equipment is easy once you know how. Click on the sections below to find out more information about booking and how you can get started with the equipment you wish to use.


Wavemaker Stoke
Mitchell Arts Centre


Our facility is open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00.

We open Tuesday evenings for classes. Our facilities are also available on Saturdays by booking only.


01782 694027