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GE Opens GE Garages Manufacturing Fab Lab Space in Chicago

GE and Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) will open a GE Garage--a skill-building center that serves as an advanced manufacturing fab lab for technologists, entrepreneurs, and makers.

The GE Garages space will open September 20 in Chicago and will host a month of free hands-on maker workshops, conduct trainings on high-tech prototyping equipment, and offer learning opportunities through a curated guest speaker series.

The Garages include TechShop technology and were developed in partnership with Skillshare, Quirky, Make, and Inventables. The lab aims to spark interest and greater participation in advanced manufacturing through making. The location will also function as the headquarters for Chicago Ideas Week, an annual gathering of global thought leaders.

"The next industrial revolution is occurring all around us, driven by innovations in technology and manufacturing," said Linda Boff, Global Brand Marketing Executive Director, GE. "There's something for everyone to discover at GE Garages. Within the Midwest, Chicago Ideas Week is a critical driver of this evolution, providing a forum for inventors, manufacturers and innovative entrepreneurs to gather and collaborate."

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

* Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables

Weekly 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.

The GE Garages will be open to the public from Sept. 20 through Oct. 20, 2013, Tuesdays through Sundays. A schedule of workshops, hands-on training, and speaker sessions is at:



(Photo of David Packard's Garage, the birthplace of Hewlett Packard, more at hpmuseum.org/garage/garage.htm)