Welcome to Garages
Technology is changing the way we create from someone sitting at their desk to people working on the manufacturing floor. Printers now use plastics and metals instead of just ink. Prototyping may take hours, not weeks, months or years. Software is sharpening design ability beyond a pencil’s reach. Join us at the Garage to explore what’s happening now and discover what’s changing the future of manufacturing around the world.
Inside the Garage
Every Garage has its projects…
We know why you’re here: you like to build things. Whether it’s a design, electrical circuit, computer program or 3-D model you are solving problems with hardware and software. At GE, this is our passion and that’s why we’re opening up our garage platform – in person and here online – to team up with you and continue exploring the work we love.
How Garages Began
Garages began in March 2012. As a large-scale national program, GE created the Garages experience to reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing. Programs have included custom projects, curated speaker sessions and workshops amidst a fully equipped fab lab, including hardware such as CNC mills, laser cutters, 3D printers, injection molders, Arduino kits and much more. At Garages, participants have worked with technical experts and partners to learn more about advanced manufacturing processes, and bring their wildest ideas to life.
Garages in 2014
Which brings us to today. We’re excited to be taking Garages on the road and traveling the globe this year. With each stop, the garage will take on a new challenge, and continue building on those great ideas that have been started in the previous cities. You will get to collaborate and share your passions with people around the world.
This year, Garages will feature a series of open innovation projects, a new model using community-generated ideas and advanced manufacturing processes to speed the time from mind to market. We invite you to prototype, iterate and refine existing GE products, as well as surface new designs.