Jun.21, 2013

Chicagoans will soon have free access to 3D printers and other digital tools. The Chicago Public Library (CPL) is opening CPL Innovation Lab, the city's first free "maker space" on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library Center.

Another example of a Maker Space at Detroit Public Library

The first innovation experiment in the space is the Maker Lab. Created in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, the Library's Maker Lab will offer the public an access to a variety of software such as Trimble Sketchup, Inkscape, Meshlab, Makercam and equipment including three 3D Printers, two laser cutters, as well as a milling machine and vinyl cutter.

Made possible with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Maker Lab will be open to the public from July 8 through December 31, 2013. Though a number of maker spaces already exist in Chicago, this will be the first free maker space open to the public.

After the six month run, the Library will evaluate the project to determine the fit with the Library's mission and the ability to bring the project, or elements of it, to a wider audience in the neighborhood branches.

A variety of programs and workshops will be offered at the Maker Lab, for example family workshops will be offered every Sunday afternoon to foster invention and creation.



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Judith Barnett wrote at 8/17/2013 9:12:53 PM:

I have a set of Stainless cookware that is almost 50 years old. Cracks have developed in the handles that make them unsteady/unsafe. If I understand the potential, I would love to be able to duplicate a handle several times so that my pots will outlive me.

alidan wrote at 6/23/2013 7:48:27 PM:

i wish i lived close to there

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