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Fab Lab 102 - Prototyping Tools for Inquiry and Research

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Chicago Innovation Exchange Doerr Building

1463 E 53rd St

2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60615

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If you are a Scientist/Researcher, you might be wondering:

How might I take advantage of the Fab Lab and its prototyping capabilities to further my research, improve upon my current lab tools or model my ideas?

If you are a CAD Designer/Engineer, you might be wondering:

How might I leverage my software and hardware expertise by collaborating with the Fab Lab’s community of scientists and creators?

Each scientist and software capable CAD Designer/Engineer will be paired in this workshop. If you have an idea and don’t know where to start, or if you have hardware and software skills and don’t know who and how you can help, this is the workshop for you! We will remove roadblocks on the path from idea to creating a physical object.

So join us in this hands-on workshop to discover how the Fab Lab can solve your problems with 3D solutions. During this workshop we will focus on problem solving using simple prototyping methods and then move towards ways that digital fabrication machines can help you in your endeavors. Be part of a change-making workshop that will also connect you to the talented Fab Lab community.

The workshop will end with a discussion around commercialization and other ways the CIE can support you in achieving your objectives.


In this Workshop, you will learn how to:

  1. Use “design thinking” to discover and frame the real problem you are trying to solve

  2. Prototype and iterate on your ideas efficiently and at a low cost

  3. Identify the right tools and experts to realize your vision and support your research

  4. Effectively collaborate with and support each other beyond the workshop, and continue to to grow the Fab Lab community

*Strongly Recommended prerequisite: Fab Lab 101

Contact Elizabeth in the Fab Lab if you have questions:

Workshop Schedule:

5:30 Informal Networking Reception

6:00 Speakers

7:00 Workshop

8:15 Summary

8:30 Goodbye


Karen Gordon is the CEO, Chief Design Facilitator of WE Design Think. She has been in the innovation space for over 25 years. In addition to her Fortune 100, four startups, and her non-profit experience, Karen has been a mentor and instructor at Chicago’s 1871 as well as instructs and mentors at the University of Chicago's Booth school.

The intersection of Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and defining new Business Models to accelerate innovation is her interest and expertise. Through WE Design Think, Karen looks to help you achieve even greater success in creating solutions that create new value.

Harrison Shih is a Design Facilitator at WE Design Think. He is a trained psychologist, artist and designer who is interested in understanding individuals’ behaviors and their unmet needs. What Harrison loves the most about Design Thinking is that it’s a creative and fun way of developing innovative solutions and making great impact on people and organizations.

The WE Design Think experience consists of workshops that focus on collaborative solution-generation for a particular organizational problem. All attendees, collaborate to discover, ideate, and then prototype potential solutions.

A central tenet of the WE Design Think experience is that the workshop enables participants to acquire new skills in Design Thinking which they can then incorporate into their lives, work, and future endeavors. Active use of these new skills will result in new behaviors that can enhance the participants' abilities as innovation leaders.

This workshop is designed and created by WE Design Think.

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Chicago Innovation Exchange Doerr Building

1463 E 53rd St

2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60615

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