Chicago Ideas Week Profiles: Inventables: Digital Making Lab

Chicago Ideas Week is coming back once again, and the third time around we’re all hopefully more savvy about the event and what it offers. But nobody’s an expert, and nobody can possibly be expected to catch everything they’d want at the annual gathering of minds from multiple disciplines all over our city from Oct. 14 through Oct. 20. Inc. Well’s here to help.

The event: Inventables: Digital Making Lab. It takes place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2 p.m. ’til 4:30 p.m. at Chicago Ideas Week Headquarters (401 N. Michigan Ave.) Tickets aren’t yet available, but keep an eye out here.

Who’s speaking: Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables will lead the demonstration on 3D printing and how it can work for you.

Why you should care: If Inventables isn’t on your radar, well, it should be. Inc. Well paid the company a visit late last year for A Peek Inside, and once there Kaplan told me that a significant portion of his ecommerce and online hardware store’s customers are Etsy sellers. In other words: If you’re thinking you’d like to go into business and manufacture something, but don’t know what, this is not a bad place to start and network.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as IFC’s comedy, film, and TV blogger, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City and an adjunct professor in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media. (He also co-runs a blog behind the DePaul class, DIY Game Dev.) He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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