GE Garage and Chicago Ideas Week

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I’ve been on vacation and managed to get a day to play at the GE Garage mobile fab lab currently setup in downtown Chicago. GE has partnered with Chicago Ideas Week to bring the future of fabrication technologies to a space where the community can walk in off the street and work with some amazing hardware like CNC mills, laser cutters and 3D printers. The group is also giving classes at select times on using the equipment and general electrics. Unfortunately I was in town near the end of this event which will be Oct 20th. If you are in the area I do recommend jumping on the excellent transportation you’ll find in Chicago and have some fun at the space. Here are more details on location, classes and times.

I didn’t expect to squeeze any work into my vacation but I did take a guided tour of the fab space with my iPhone 5s.  You can join me after the break to watch the tour, which is a bit rough but still covers a lot of fun topics. Get at look at their line-up or Replicator 2 3D printers. See some fantastic prints from metal made on industrial scale printers. Learn more about the up-scaled CNC seen above that was cutting out skateboard decks. And finish up with an injection molding machine.

Comments

  1. Jelle says:

    Psst: it is called a ‘fablab’, you know one word not two. Not fab space either..
    A fablab has (at the least) a lasercutter, vinyl cutter a CNC mill and a video conferencing system. We add a lot of 3D printers to that, and some vacuum formers, an other machines, most of them made in the lab itself.

  2. Wretch says:

    Please post updates when it comes to AZ.

    Thanks.

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