Just this past Monday, July 8th, the Chicago Public Library opened up a pop up maker-lab that will allow the general public to experiment with new technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing for free. Visitors will eventually be able to make use of MakerBot 3D printers, laser cutters from Inventables, and one milling machine.
“We really designed it as an introduction to maker tools, culture, and economies with the hope that people will continue on their own.” – CPL’s First Deputy Commissioner Andrea Sáenz
Although some smaller libraries have opened up similar spaces, the Chicago Public Library is the first major public library to offer an opportunity like this. The plan is to see how it works out in the library atmosphere throughout this next year. Depending on the outcome, this idea may become a permanent part of the library or even expand to other Chicago Library branches.
Eager teachers and principals from local schools have already been emailing about setting up field-trips for the fall. You can learn more about the CPL Innovation Lab here.
Written by: Jillian Tackaberry, Industrial Design Intern, Beyond Design, Inc.