Welcome to SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest

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If you are a hobbyist or aspiring hobbyist, an artist or aspiring artist, an engineer or aspiring engineer or a person that just likes to design and work on real world projects, SouthWorks MakerLab  provides you a place where you can bring your ideas and aspirations to reality.

The SouthWorks MakerLab is a “maker space” where you can learn about and work with some the of tools that are being used today in science, technology and the arts to create and enrich the world you live in.  Use design programs on the MakerLab computers to give your ideas shape, then use a 3D printer, laser cutter or computer controlled router to give them substance then learn how to use inexpensive computer controllers to animate your projects with light, movement or sound.

Please stop by the SouthWorks MakerLab any time the space is open and bring your ideas with you.

 

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SLA Printer Demo

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Thanks so much to Henry Locke for doing a presentation on 3D printing and the SLA printer that he built. (See brief video excerpt) It’s always a great treat when Henry regularly stops by the MakerLab and we get to hear the vast knowledge and experiences of someone who has been a maker since well before the label was coined. He has built many machines in his home workshop, which in total has more capabilities that even our MakerLab! He’s created a business making and selling the resin vats for commercial brands of SLA printers, and counts research facilities, universities, dental labs, and tinkerers as clients who choose to replace their OEM vats with his designs. You can find out more info about SLA printers and other projects like GPS-controlled robots at his website at http://projectsinterestsandetcetera.com/ .

SLA printers use light to cure a vat of resin layer by layer until the 3D object is formed. Henry’s version uses a standard video projector as the light source, a Z-axis and stepper motor attached to about $30 of electronics to allow movement, and open source software to make the slices and control the process. The leading SLA printer brands, FormLabs and Carbon3D , are more expensive than the typical PLA filament printers that most makers have, Henry’s version can be made in a weekend for a couple hundred dollars.

We’ll be building one of Henry’s machines at SouthWorks later in the summer, and all are invited to participate.

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Made in Chicago Museum

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Through another maker. I just found out about this amazing museum on the South Side. It’s Made in Chicago collection is on display starting this month through April, 2018. The website by itself is a great compilation of all the things invented and/or made in Chicagoland and makes for great reading. Look up Scwhinn and Radio Flyer or even Rock-Ola juke boxes and Zenith Radios and, of course, Motorola.

https://www.madeinchicagomuseum.com/

 

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1Million Cups Entrepreneurship Program

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If you believe it would be helpful to gain experience presenting to groups of customers and/or investors, the Purdue NW (Hammond) Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center  participates in the Kauffmann Foundation’s  1 Million Cups program.

If you would like to apply to present, then can easily do that here in 3-5 minutes:  http://www.1millioncups.com/hammond

They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month through the summer and will likely start up every week again in September.

 

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On The Right Foot: This 3D Printing Incubator Is Liberating Engineers (And Much More)

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 http://www.gereports.com/powder-people-3d-printing-incubator-liberating-engineers/

 

 Source: GE Reports

Jimmie Beacham is in charge of a futuristic laboratory in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His team of a dozen engineers is helping 70 GE Healthcare factories sprinkled around world explore 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics, big data and other software and technologies. One group, for example, is looking for ways to quickly and efficiently translate image files of organs from computed tomography (CT) scanners and other imaging machines so they can be printed. “Today, when people print organs, it can take anywhere from a week to three weeks to manipulate the data,” Beacham says. “We want to do it with a click of a button.” Read more.

 

Here at SouthWorks, we’ve actually done this with some free software named Invesalius. Using CT scans, we printed out a complete head. We cut it open, and you can see the ear canals, tonsils, nasal passages, and more. If we cut it in a different place, we could see even more internal details. The 3D version provides a much better way to view and assess the body than going through 2D slices one-by-one. And it’s free!

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Want to Learn to Woodturn?

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We don’t have a lathe yet, but we’ve found a great resource for those of you who are interested in learning about and using lathes.

We were visited by a member of the Illiana Woodturners, a non-profit group in South Holland who provide workshops and equipment (5 lathes of various sizes) for individuals to do amazing woodturning projects from bowls to baseball bats.

Workshops provide the opportunity to create a bowl you can take home.

Monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

South Suburban Chiselers-Illiana Woodturners

16236 Vincennes Ave South Holland, Illinois 60473

Facebook Page: South Suburban Chiselers/Illiana Woodturners

Contact:

Tom Waicekauskas 708-597-9049 IllianaWoodturners@gmail.com

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New Event: Find Funding For Your Business

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Find Funding For Your Business

Alternative Funding Sources

                   

       

                

¨ Learn about SEEDChicago, a curated Kickstarter site offering coaching

¨ Learn  about AccionChicago’s funding programs to fit your business

Even if a bank has turned you down, there are reasonable alternatives to get your business going.  AccionChicago ‘s Olivia Riedel  will discuss their crowdfunding program that includes curating your campaign and providing coaching to make it successful. She will also provide information on Accion’s other business finance programs providing up to $100,000.

DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TIME: 6:00pm to 6:30pm: Tour Prairie State College’s MakerLab and Manufacturing labs available to help you prototype

6:30pm to 8:30pm: Accion Chicago presentation

LOCATION:  Prairie State College

202 South Halsted Street

Room T-192 (Campus Map)

Chicago Heights, IL  60411
Free Registration at : https://southworks-find-funding.eventbrite.com

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Entrepreneurship Workshop- From Prototype to Production

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Nuha Nazy and Emilia Rogawska,  Co-founders, Z-Axis Factory

  • Hear Nuha’s and Emilia’s advice on developing prototypes and navigating the intricacies of moving into initial production.
  • Learn how Z-Axis also can help you increase your Etsy or craft business production and success.

Z-Axis is a shared manufacturing space with production services dedicated to helping artists, makers, Etsy artisans and small businesses increase the velocity of production through access to prototyping and short-run manufacturing services that were once only available for a steep price and with long lead times, and usually not locally. Z-Axis offers self-serve and production from textiles to advanced printing to laser cutting and CNC milling.  Plus, advanced equipment to photograph your creations. More at www.z-axisfactory.com

DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm; Networking afterward

LOCATION:  South Suburban College Oak Forest Center

16333 S. Kilbourn Avenue

Oak Forest, IL  60452
Free Registration at : https://southworks-makerlabs-prototype-to-production.eventbrite.com

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Sponsors

The Coleman Foundation  South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium  

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