Made in Chicago Museum



Through another maker, I just found out about this amazing museum on the South Side. Its Made in Chicago collection is on display starting this month through April, 2018. The website by itself is a great compilation of all the things invented and/or made in Chicagoland and makes for great reading. Look up Scwhinn and Radio Flyer or even Rock-Ola juke boxes and Zenith Radios and, of course, Motorola.



1Million Cups Entrepreneurship Program


If you believe it would be helpful to gain experience presenting to groups of customers and/or investors, the Purdue NW (Hammond) Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center  participates in the Kauffmann Foundation’s  1 Million Cups program.

If you would like to apply to present, then can easily do that here in 3-5 minutes:

They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month through the summer and will likely start up every week again in September.



On The Right Foot: This 3D Printing Incubator Is Liberating Engineers (And Much More)



 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!


Want to Learn to Woodturn?


We don’t have a lathe yet, but we’ve found a great resource for those of you who are interested in learning about and using lathes.

We were visited by a member of the Illiana Woodturners, a non-profit group in South Holland who provide workshops and equipment (5 lathes of various sizes) for individuals to do amazing woodturning projects from bowls to baseball bats.

Workshops provide the opportunity to create a bowl you can take home.

Monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

South Suburban Chiselers-Illiana Woodturners

16236 Vincennes Ave South Holland, Illinois 60473

Facebook Page: South Suburban Chiselers/Illiana Woodturners


Tom Waicekauskas 708-597-9049


New Event: Find Funding For Your Business


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 :


Entrepreneurship Workshop- From Prototype to Production


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

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 :

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The Coleman Foundation  South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium  


Successful Crowdfunding Workshop, May 13


  • 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

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The Coleman Foundation South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

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Special Workshop: Discover SLA 3D Printing for Jewelry Design and Other Intricate Prints


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

Free to Register Here