Winter 2014: “Fab Lab ICC” sneak peek!


Posted on November 13th, by admin in Magazine, People, Places. No Comments

Fab Lab ICC
Turning ideas into creative solutions, one project at a time

Of all things, Wes Koschke needed to make a hand. And a fully functional one, at that – for 13-year-old Kara Marr, who was born with a condition called symbrachydactyly, leaving her right palm with no fingers.

Photo courtesy of Fab Lab ICC

Photo courtesy of Fab Lab ICC

Koschke didn’t have $42,000 to purchase Marr, the daughter of a family friend, a prosthetic hand – and he also didn’t have access to a 3-D printer (going rate: $3,000) to print his own.

The solution? Enter Fab Lab ICC, a new creative space on the Independence Community College campus that provides access to cutting-edge tools for design, experimentation and problem-solving, both for students and members of the community and region.

Its mission statement: “to realize that anyone, anywhere can make (almost) anything.” No one knows that better now than Koschke…

Want to keep reading about Fab Lab ICC? Check out the winter issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much more. Subscribe now, or contact us to find a newsstand near you.





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