How To Get Your Product Manufactured

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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 : https://southworks-howtomanufacture.eventbrite.com

 

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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 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 found in our MakerLab in his home workshop! 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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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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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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Successful Crowdfunding Workshop, May 13

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  • Need funding for your startup?
  • Looking for a way to test the market and your pricing?

Yuri Gallegos contracted Dengue Fever from a mosquito on a trip to Brazil. That painful experience was motivation enough to create Elimifly, a better way to control mosquitoes to spare others from the many awful illnesses they spread.

Meet Yuri and learn how he succeeded with crowdfunding and how you can use it to raise startup funds, validate your idea, and launch your business.

Yuri will share the lessons he’s learned building a business, Quasar Designs. In this presentation and Q&A, Yuri will also share his entrepreneurial journey with us- from developing ideas to building prototypes to finding funding, suppliers and customers.

DATE: Saturday, May 13, 2017

TIME: 10:00am to Noon; Networking afterward

LOCATION:  SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest

208 Forest Blvd.

Park Forest, IL 60466
Free Registration at https://southworks-successful-crowdfunding.eventbrite.com

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Sponsors

The Coleman Foundation South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

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Tall Grass Arts Association Features A “Maker” Artist

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Tall Grass Arts Association, right down the block from SouthWorks, is a renowned arts program that has served the region since 1956 by providing classes, featuring Illinois artists in its exhibits, and holding a nationally-recognized arts festival every fall.

Their current installation, Flight of Obscurity X,  showcases the sculptures and various installation elements created by Ohio artist Nathaniel Foley and presented in a significantly transformed space. Foley’s sculpture focuses primarily on aviation process, materials and language and has a distinctly “maker” vibe to it.

Using aviation-oriented materials-from rivets to aluminum skins of fighter jets-  and using construction techniques used in aviation, Foley’s works transport the viewer from the expected white gallery space to this unknown pseudo-military experimental space.

The installation continues through April 15th.

More info  about Tall Grass and the Foley exhibit

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