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MAINE FABLAB OPEN HOUSE OCT 3

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Maine FabLab @ Engine celebrates national MFG Day October 3 with Open House

Maine FabLab, a program of Engine, is holding an open house to celebrate national MFG DAY 2014 on October 3, 2014 from 3pm-6pm at 265 Main Street in downtown Biddeford. MFG DAY is an initiative supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. Maine FabLab encourages people of all ages to become makers, sparking interest in design and digital fabricationVisitors can see the lab’s digital fabrication equipment in action, including two Makerbot 3D printers and the lab’s new desktop CNC milling machine. Volunteers and staff will be on-hand to assist visitors trying out some basic 3D design and 3D scanning.

Engine and Maine FabLab director Tammy Ackerman, “Almost every manufacturing facility employs designers in some way for product or process design. Maine FabLab provides a space where kids can get excited about design and making and learn how to use their hands and brains together. Places like Maine FabLab are at the very beginning of workforce development for manufacturers.”

Local manufacturers holding tours during the MFG Day include Saco River Dyehouse from 3pm-5pm, Arundel Machine Tool from 9am-12pm and Volk Packaging from 9am to 11am. Pratt & Whitney will schedule tours by appointment.

For more information, contact Tammy Ackerman, director@mainefablab.org 370-9130.

MFG DAY is an initiative supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. www.mfgday.com

ENGINE + MAINE FABLAB, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. Engine is the home to Maine Fablab, a digital fabrication center where anyone can make almost anything. www.feedtheengine.org and www.mainefablab.org

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