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GE opens “GE Garages” manufacturing fab lab space in Chicago

Space will host free maker workshops, training on high-tech equipment and a guest speaker series.


CHICAGO – GE and Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) will open GE Garages, a skill-building center that serves as an advanced manufacturing fab lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and makers on September 20, when the space will host a month-long, free hands-on maker workshops, conduct trainings on high-tech prototyping equipment and offer learning opportunities through a curated guest speaker series.

Powered by TechShop and developed in partnership with Skillshare, Quirky, Make and Inventables, GE Garages is hoping to spark interest and greater participation in advanced manufacturing. The location will also function as the headquarters for Chicago Ideas Week, a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders and an innovation platform.

GE Garages guest speakers will include Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project and an open-source hardware advocate who works with clients such as Prada, Whirlpool and Adidas;  Edward Ford, founder of Project ShapeOko; and Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables.

Hands-on classes will offer participants access to 3D printers, Arduino kits, CNC mills, a laser cutter, and an injection molder, while workshops will include instruction in how to design digitally manufactured lamps, brilliant homes, “weather clocks,” and other brilliant technologies.