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?
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!
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 »
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.
Find out more at https://centers.pnw.edu/cmec/
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.
The 4th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire will be held at Daley College at 7500 S. Pulaski Road on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Stop by to view the great exhibits or sign up to show off your projects.
More info at http://chicagosouthside.makerfaire.com/
Visit SouthWorks at the 4th Annual Chicago Southland mini-Maker Faire at the Pipefitters Union Training Center in Mokena, IL
Want to show off your own Maker projects? Sign up for a space to demo your projects at http://chicagosouthland.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/
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
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.
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
ChicagoInno just posted a great article about Chicago Makers.
Z-Axis Factory -featured in the article- will be doing a presentation at SouthWorks on May 31st entitled “From Prototype to Production”. More info at https://southworks-makerlabs-prototype-to-production.eventbrite.com