Find tools for artists, makers and photographers at Cass Works

Cass Works incorporates specialist workshops and technical facilities to help you create projects in subject areas.

Cass Works incorporates specialist workshops and technical facilities to help you create projects in subject areas including textiles, rapid prototyping, jewellery and silversmithing, musical instrument making, printmaking and more. Use of some of these tools comes with an additional charge, which a student technician available to help others with their projects will be able to talk to you about.


In our print workshops and textiles facilities, you’ll have access to:

  • upholstery grade sewing machines
  • pneumatic staple guns
  • multilay cutters
  • foam cutters
  • steamers
  • cutting tables
  • upholstery trestles
  • upholstery hand tools
  • digital plotters/printing


Our photography students are able to use the following equipment to aid their studies:

  • film and digital cameras
  • accessories
  • black and white dark-rooms
  • colour dark rooms
  • processing equipment
  • advanced darkroom
  • lighting studio
  • iMacs and Macs
  • digital print facilities
  • scanner (Imacon-Flextight 646)
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer
  • Epson Stylus
  • R800 printer

Film and broadcast

Students studying film, broadcast, animation, audio systems and multimedia can use the following equipment and software to help them with their studies:

  • hire equipment
  • cameras
  • BlackMagic
  • Manfrotto Tripods (various)
  • lights
  • Dedo DHL4 & Rifa Kits
  • Yamaha DM2000v2 Digital Mixing Console
  • Genelec 1032A / 7070A 5.1 Surround Speaker System
  • 27” Quad Core 2.7 GHz iMac with 4GB Ram and second monitor
  • MOTU 828mk2 Audio interface
  • MOTU MIDI ExpressXT Midi Interface
  • Behringer PowerPlay PRO-XL Headphone Amp
  • Sony DVD player / recorder
  • Cambridge Audio Azur 540 Surround Amplifier
  • Logic Pro
  • Nuendo
  • Adobe

Restoration and conversion

The equipment includes:

  • FTIR Spectrophotometer
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • analytical balances (we have three)
  • rubber hardness tester
  • moisture meter
  • polarizometer   


Jewellery and silversmithing

Jewellery and silversmithing students use the following to help their designs come to life:

  • precision drills
  • pillar drills
  • bench mini lathes
  • bandsaw
  • engineering lathes
  • laser welders
  • micro welders
  • Roland mini CNC
  • floor mounted polisher
  • linishers
  • vacuum former
  • power rolling mills
  • hand tools
  • sandblasters
  • chemical treatment
  • bubble etch tanks
  • ultrasonic cleaners
  • anodising (and colouring)
  • plastic dye
  • needle polisher
  • large barrel polisher
  • small barrel polisher


Ceramics tools include:

  • pottery wheel
  • blunger
  • plaster mould making and casting
  • plaster lathe
  • plaster whirler
  • glaze spray unit
  • clay sink
  • large extrusion machine
  • small hand extruder
  • two large kilns
  • three small kilns
  • casting and mould making: vinamold

Wood, metal and plastic

We have a number of wood, metal and plastic workshops. The workshops allow you to work with all materials, while our technicians and helpful guides are available to help you with the equipment.

Many students find the workshops are a huge stepping stone when it comes to furthering their knowledge:
"It has been pleasing to be able to access a large range of workshops and equipment I would not otherwise have encountered without attending this university."

All of our equipment is kept up-to-date and ready for you to use. To find out more, email Marcus Bowerman.