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50 States Contest Winners Announced!

Inventables Announces Winners of Contest For Public Maker Spaces
to Win a 3D Carving Machine in Every State in the US


Chicago, IL, June 2, 2014 - Inventables wants every person in the United States to have access to the newest digital manufacturing technology, 3D Carving. To that end, they announced a pilot project on May 12, 2014 to give away one of their Shapeoko 3D Carving machines to a publicly-accessible space in each of the 50 United States.


“We believe that to ignite the digital manufacturing revolution, we need to provide free access to these important 3D carving tools to as many people as possible.”


The donated machines will be shipped to the winning organizations starting the week of June 16, 2014 and will be set up and ready for public use by mid-July.


3D carving, also known in industry as CNC milling, is a powerful technology capable of creating precision parts and designs from real materials like wood and metal, unlike consumer-grade 3D printers which can only use strands of plastic to create objects.


The machines work with Inventables’ free software Easel to allow anyone to go from idea to making in five minutes without any specialized knowledge or training. Inventables hopes that access to a free machine and free software will help reboot American manufacturing education, and allow people to start their own small-scale manufacturing businesses in the United States.


In addition to libraries, Inventables is partnering with “Hackerspaces” across the united states, which are community gathering places where people with an interest in learning and technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.


One such Hackerspace that Inventables has partnered with is ATX Hackerspace in Austin, TX. Founded in 2009, ATX Hackerspace has recently added a Startup Incubator program, where members can rent office space to turn the ideas they’ve been building into small business. There are 12+ small business that have started within the space over the last year since the program was started.


ATX Hackerspace Co-Founder Martin Bogomolni: “Our members openly share their knowledge and expertise on a whole host of subjects and some of those ideas are being turned into viable small businesses in emerging technology fields. It’s a very exciting time to have ideas and make real things.”


Small businesses that manufacture physical products are a quickly growing sector of the American economy. The Internet of Things and the larger umbrella of Digital Manufacturing are being driven forward by low-cost digital manufacturing tools being more widely available to the general public.


ATX Hackerspace Co-Founder Martin Bogomolni: “At least a dozen small businesses have come out the hackerspace and at least two successful Kickstarter campaigns as well. We’re moving away from an era of mass manufacturing into a time of individual customization and small manufacturing, and hackerspaces are a breeding ground for that kind of innovation.”


Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan: “The majority of net new jobs come from startups and small businesses. These 3D carving machines present the opportunity for America to get back into manufacturing with a business model that makes sense in the new economy.”


Map of all applicants:





List of winners: (contact information for each space is available upon request)

State
Name
Website
Alabama
Mobile Makerspace
Alaska
Anchorage Makerspace
Arizona
Heat Sync Labs
Arkansas
The Launch Pad
California
Ace Monster Toys
Colorado
denhac
Connecticut
No response

Delaware
D Studio
Florida
Tampa Hackerspace
Georgia
7Hills Makerspace
Hawaii
Maui Makers
Idaho
East Bonner Public Library
Illinois
LevelUP Youth Makerspace
Indiana
The MakerHive
Iowa
The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab
Kansas
Johnson County Library Makerspace
Kentucky
LVL 1 Hackerspace
Louisiana
East Baton Rouge Public Library
Maine
Maine Fablab
Maryland
Baltimore Foundery
Massachusetts
P.irateship
Michigan
OmniCorp
Minnesota
The Hack Factory
Mississippi
No response

Missouri
Science City at Union Station
Montana
Bozeman Makerspace
Nebraska
Omaha Maker Group
Nevada
Bridgewire
New Hampshire
MakeIt Labs
New Jersey
FUBAR Labs
New Mexico
Quelab
New York
Staten Island Makerspace
North Carolina
Splatspace
North Dakota
MELD Workshop
Ohio
HIVE13
Oklahoma
Tulsa City Librarium
Oregon
ADX
Pennsylvania
Academy at Palumbo
Rhode Island
Cranston Public Library
South Carolina
MakeLab Charleston
South Dakota
GnomeShop
Tennessee
MidSouth Makers
Texas
10bit Works
Utah
Cache Makers
Vermont
Burlington Generator
Virginia
757 Makerspace
Washington
OlyMega
West Virginia
No Response

Wisconsin
Appleton Makerspace
Wyoming
Powell Middle School

About Inventables
Founded  in  2002,  Inventables’  mission  is  to  ignite  the  digital  manufacturing  revolution  by simplifying  the  path  from  idea  to  finished  product.  Recognized  as  the  hardware  store  for designers,  Inventables  sells  desktop  manufacturing  machines  and  thousands  of  materials  in small quantities. Small manufacturing businesses purchase raw materials and machines from Inventables’  online  store  daily  to  use  in  manufacturing  their  own  products  from  jewelry  to eyeglasses  to sell to customers. When a  material from the site is needed in a large  volume, Inventables assists in making connections to the manufacturer or supplier.


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8 comments:

Marc Schaefermeyer said...

Can our makerspace get one of the states who didn't respond?

Zach Kaplan said...

Not at this time.

Unknown said...

If a makerspace in one of the "No Response" states wakes up to this, can they still submit a request? I'm visiting a space in Connecticut this week and could goose them... otherwise I'll flaunt the glory of receiving one these machines ;-)

MarshaLeigh said...

Ours is built, up, and running! Works like a dream! Thank you to Inventables!

Steamroom FabLab said...

Ours is up and running! Works like a dream! Thank you, Inventables!

Steamroom FabLab said...

Ours arrived the day after we ordered, and was built this weekend. It works like a dream! Thank you, Inventables! Check out our space at www.TheSteamRoom.org

Steamroom FabLab said...

Ours is up and running! Works like a dream! Thank you, Inventables!

Steamroom FabLab said...

Ours is up and running! Works like a dream! Thank you, Inventables!

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