GE Garages at CollegeFest

Right outside the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street


I’d like to invite members of the Greenhorn Connect community to GE Garages, a must-visit stop at this year's CollegeFest.

Students can take a break from studying to custom laser cut their laptop, mold a case for their iPhone, or help weld bike racks for campus. There are also lots of giveaways and special prizes each day.

Launched at SouthxSouthwest earlier this year, GE Garages is a hands-on “pop-up lab,” giving students a chance to discover modern prototyping, out-of-the-box manufacturing processes, while collaborating in hands-on workshops, participating in specialized manufacturing training and education – and learning from local Boston technologists.

Students can test out some one-of-a-kind technologies, including:

  • Designed to enable rapid prototyping and creation of plastic parts, the MakerBot can print 3D images right before your eyes, including furniture for a number of custom dollhouses that will be “crowd-built” by students visiting the Garage during CollegeFest, and donated to Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Grab a drink from the Social Fridge, a vintage model refrigerator that can be “hacked” to pop open after 10 students have checked-in to it on Foursquare
  • Get their iPhone or iPad etched with a custom design at the GE Garage with the onsite laser-cutter
  • And test out the injection molders, used to create plastic parts from metal molds, as well as the CNC mill, designed for cutting wood, acrylic, aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and other materials.

The event is open from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 22-23, right outside the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street.