Help Us Build An SLA Printer


Henry Locke, Maker extraordinaire and creator of Flex Vat 3D printer components, will be at SouthWorks to help us build the SLA printer he demoed earlier this summer.

SLA printing uses a vat of light sensitive resin cured by a video projector to create amazingly detailed forms- think Terminator with the alien rising out of the vat of goop! It is great for intricate designs for jewelry and other items.

Henry has updated his design and we’ll be building it on September 9th. Drop by for part of the day or the whole day. No tools or expertise required.

Watch a video of the SLA printing a heart!

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017

TIME: 10:00am to 4:00pm


Join SouthWorks at Maker Faire August 19th; Kids Free


STEM Education, Vintage Military Trucks, 3D Printers, and Local Crafts

Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire is even bigger than last year! Looking for something to do with your kids? Want to see the latest in tech? Interested in meeting local crafters? We have something for everybody, and with tickets free for 18 and under, how can you pass it up?

Get Tickets TODAY!

Near Space, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, and More.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

New Exhibitors


Exhibitor: Veteran’s Garage

Veterans Garage is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, maintenance and display of Historic Military Vehicles.



A 3D printer manufacturing startup from the Chicagoland area, has been working for the last year and a half to bring the next level of open-source hardware to market.

Read more here »


OAI Summer Campers Visit SouthWorks


Nine middle school and high school students whose parents participate in OAI’s workforce training programs spent four afternoons recently building things in the MakerLab. They learned 2D design and the capabilities of the laser cutter to create a backup hanger.

Next, they spent the afternoon in a virtual world with game designer Malcolm Williams. He brought in his Virtual Reality setup and the students were able to draw in 3D- moving around what they had created as if it was hanging in the air. They also had fun exploring the insides of the Great Pyramids and then dodging zombies.

They learned about 3D printing and created 3D designs (below) using Sculptris. We 3D printed their creations so they could take them home.

Lastly, they build a table top robot which learned to scramble around a table but always turn around just before it looked as if it was going to fall off. They designed stickers for the robots to personalize them. Below is an angry rabbit/robot crab!


Purdue Northwest’s Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center Adds Co-Working Space


Purdue Northwest just off the Tri-State on Indianapolis Blvd. in Hammond will open a co-working space at its CMEC. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be August 8th at 10am and open house tours will go on throughout that week.

Amenities include fast wi-fi, coffee, access to meeting space, 24/7 keyed access, workshops and networking events, access to the enterpreneur-in-residence and more.

CMEC also provides access to Purdue business, engineering, and manufacturing students and faculty to help you produce your physical product. Once you’ce developed a minimal prototype ( at SouthWorks, of course!) CMEC will be able to guide you through the production design process.

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Etsy Crafter Business Gets Going in MakerLab


Larry Banach, a grad of our most recent Etsy class, has found a great niche re-purposing finely-crafted cigar boxes into marketing opportunities for local businesses. The boxes have interesting shapes and wonderful finishes and grains. Larry adds logos and non-cigar related enterprises love the impact.


How To Get Your Product Manufactured




You have a great idea. You have a prototype. What issues do you need to consider in order to get your product most effectively manufactured and delivered?

Learn from Adam Cook, engineer and co-founder of AlliedStrand Corp. and Director of SME Chicago Chapter 112:

  • Find and effectively interact with suppliers
  • Design for manufacturing– materials, design, packaging, and more
  • How to get your product in the hands of customers

  DATE: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

            TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

             LOCATION:  Moraine Valley Community College

                                         Southwest Education Center

                                          17900 S. 94th Avenue

                                         Tinley Park, IL 60487

Free Registration at :