Metropolitan Works

Creating London

Metropolitan Works – now part of CassWorks – is London’s leading Creative Industries Centre, helping students, designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the marketplace through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions.

Metropolitan Works houses our Digital Manufacturing Centre, which provides a range of new technology for prototyping, manufacture, research and experimentation.

Metropolitan Works is committed to bringing education, creative talent and London and UK manufacturers together, “providing the tools for creative minds to innovate”.

Services available

Metropolitan Works’ Digital Manufacturing Centre houses the following facilities:


Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping machines build three-dimensional objects from layers of powder or resin, giving designers the opportunity to explore and experiment with Rapid Manufacturing.

3D Scanning

3D Scanning or ‘reverse engineering’ is a bridge that spans the real and virtual CAD worlds. This technology is often used by craft practitioners and sculptors, as hand-built work and found objects can be captured ready for manipulation on a computer.

Laser Cutting

The largest Laser Cutter available as a Bureau service in London. Metropolitan Works’ large format Laser Cutter is the most accessible technology for small businesses. It is a great tool for model making and prototyping as well as low-cost production work.

Water-jet Cutting

Water jet cutting uses a fine jet of water mixed with an abrasive material to cut through a range of hard materials. The mixture travels at high velocity, enabling the machine to cut through almost any material.

CNC Routing

CNC Routing is perhaps the most commonplace digital technology used in production. Metropolitan Works have a very large and sophisticated machine capable of cutting in both 3 and 5 Axis.


Computer Aided Design plays a vital role in design and production. Metropolitan Works offers CAD desks and a wide range of commercially licensed software through its Workspace and Access facilities.