Chicago has long been a Midwest destination for manufacturing. With the maker movement in full swing, the types of manufacturing have diversified to match the pace of technology. There's no shortage of maker spaces and other types of creative spaces here where you can test out your ideas.
If you’re ready to take the next step and test your idea, you might want to participate in Manufacturing Day activities in Chicago. This annual event, where manufacturers of all types educate the community about the industry, takes place October 6.
The Maker Lab is also hosting a series of Made to Manufacture Office Hours, where representatives from maker spaces in the city will be available to answer questions and help you understand next steps you can take to manufacture your prototypes. Our first will be hosted by mHUB.
Interested in finding out more about careers in manufacturing? Check out Manufacturing: Exploring Career Pathways.
The maker movement involves so many different areas of design, it may be helpful to start with an overall look at its history and motivations in The Maker Movement Manifesto.
For a more in-depth look at computer programs and tools used in maker spaces, including our Maker Lab, check out The Big Book of Maker Skills.