- Need funding for your startup?
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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
Henry Locke, Maker extraordinaire and creator of Flex Vat 3D printer components, will be at SouthWorks to demo his SLA printers and talk about the technology and uses. 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!
Henry will share his vast Maker expertise and show us how to inexpensively build our own using an old video projector and other miscellaneous parts. At a later date, we’ll do just that in a group build of one for SouthWorks!
Watch a video of the SLA printing a heart!
DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017
TIME: 9:00am to Noon
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.
Read more here
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
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 .
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!
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.
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.