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Micro-factory coming to campus
By Olivia Krauth–
U of L announced that a micro-factory will be opening on campus this summer.
The FirstBuild micro-factory will using manufacturing capabilities to “accelerate the introduction of the products consumers want, when they want them,” according to a press release.
“The micro-factory will be a place where engineers, researchers, design experts, students and members of the community can work together to create and refine appliances,” said John Karman. “The process is designed to be quicker and more cost-effective than typical mass production.”
The project will be co-funded by General Electrics, U of L and Local Motors.
“GE developed this micro-factory concept and is partnering with Local Motors and U of L,” said Karman. “Products developed at the micro-factory will be sold there. If those products find a market, they could be reproduced at Appliance Park.”
Taking over what used to be a university warehouse on Brandeis Ave., the micro-factory will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Anyone, including students, can sign up to be involved in the project by visiting Firstbuild.com.
“It is really good for the school,” said junior mechanical engineering major Drew Miller. “Not only does it get our name out to GE, but it gets our name out to other big businesses as a reputable school.”