MakerLab to open in Chicago Public Library

Chicagoans of all ages will soon have access to the world’s most advanced prototyping technology, all at their local library.

Billed as the CPL Innovation Lab, the Chicago Public Library is opening the city’s first free maker space on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library.

The maker space will be home to a variety of 3D modeling software, 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and a CNC milling machine.

Over the course of the next six-months, administrators at the Chicago Public Library System (CPL) will evaluate how the maker space is being used and whether it works within the library’s existing ecosystem. If successful, the CPL will roll out maker spaces throughout the library system.

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