3D Printing Moves Further Into Normal Manufacturing- Adidas Is 3D Printing Soles of Its New Shoes

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Adidas announced that it is going to use 3D printing to create 100,000 pairs of its new, innovative trainer. The 3D print allows them to create a new midsole that will  have varied levels of flexibility and support from spot to spot. Traditional foam midsoles could only provide a single level of each.

    

The key is using DLS 3D printers which cure resins with light, similar to the 3D printer we will be building here at our MakerLab.

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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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Join us at the SouthWorks Engineering and Robotics Challenge

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Join SouthWorks Park Forest at the first ever SouthWorks Engineering and Robotics Challenge at South Suburban College on Saturday morning, April 8th. The event is open to the public.

Over 150 high school students from 13 local high schools will be competing in five different challenges to show off their making and engineering abilities. Each team is sponsored by a local manufacturer, who also provided technical support to each team. The purpose of the event is to get more high school students interested in manufacturing and engineering and to have local manufacturers make connections with their future workforce. Some of the students may even leave with job offers!

SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest is providing several  judges and creating the awards for the winners.

More info  here .

 

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SouthWorks Provides Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

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A full class of 20 crafters/makers have been attending the official Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program offered by SouthWorks MakerLab Network. Twenty crafters- some are experienced crafters who have sold online or at local craft fairs and others are thinking about turning items they’ve made for family and friends into a business venture- gather on six consecutive Tuesday evenings at South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Campus to learn from Daphane Taylor, an experienced Etsy seller how to turn their “making” talents into a business.

Participants’ products range from unique works of art to homemade rocking horses to jewelry, clothing, beauty products, and household furniture and décor. See the attached photos (Continue Reading, below) for the beautiful pictures professional photographer Larry Burrows (Photography by Larry Burrows) took for workshop participants. Even e-books and music are sold on Etsy as long as they are designed or hand made by the seller. Vintage items and craft supplies are the only exception.

SouthWorks is the only Etsy-certified training provider in the Chicagoland region. The program provides prospective and current Etsy sellers with an understanding of the process to start a business and to create an online Etsy store. Much time is spent on online marketing tools and techniques, product pricing strategies, and operations and customer service. A professional photographer even teaches them how to take the most inviting photos of their items to post in their Etsy store using only their smartphone camera and items they already have at home.

MakerLabs are a natural opportunity for people to develop products that sell on Etsy. Laser cutters and engravers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, computer-controlled carvers, woodworking, metalworking, electronics equipment and more provide ample inspiration and opportunity for creativity. Tools have become much easier to master, so that anyone with a design idea should be able to quickly produce a prototype. In addition, much of the design and operating software has become free, so users can access it from their own computers at home. The MakerLabs provide training as well as consultation and open shop time for individuals to work on their own project ideas- whether a new product to sell, a one-of-a-kind gift, or the home repair project.

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We’re Almost There

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We moved most of our equipment down to the new space and passed inspection! Just a few more additional projects and we’re ready to go.

We’ll begin Open Lab Hours on Monday, April 10th. So, stop by to check it out!

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We’re Moving To Our New, Larger Space

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Contractors just finished the build out of our new space directly downstairs. It’s a great storefront with double the space and much improved street visibility.

We’ll be closed for a period as we move our equipment and add some new equipment and fixtures. Our target re-opening is April 1st, and we’ll provide updates and a firm date here.

We hope you’ll use the downtime to develop new projects to begin when we re-open. Search Inventables, Instructables, Make, pinterest, Etsy, and other sites for ideas.

If you have projects in process that can’t wait, please visit one of our other SouthWorks MakerLabs. Joliet Junior College and South Suburban College (Oak Forest) both have open lab hours and experts to help you.

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Attend Maker Faire Chicago at McCormick Place and Be Inspired

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Visit SouthWorks MakerLabs at Maker Faire Chicago

The “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth”  is finally coming to Chicago in a big way. For two days, McCormick Place will be filled with hundreds of makers and tens of thousands of attendees PLUS C2E2!

Come and be inspired by all the amazing things makers are doing. Enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, demonstrations and workshops. Talk to other makers to learn more and to start your next project.

More information and tickets are at http://makerfaire.com/chicago/

SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest and our SouthWorks affiliates will have robot demos, Arduino workshops, 3D printing workshops, welding simulators you can try, a student-made lie detector to test, and many projects to show off.

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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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