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Company History

Make48 started in 2015, the brainchild of 3 inventors and an entrepreneur from Kansas City.  The group wanted to see what would happen giving teams a finite amount of time to create a new product given a specific design challenge.

They wanted everyday people who have great ideas to be able to innovate, just like talented engineers with every machine and tool at their disposal, so they gave it a twist.  All teams have access to a makerspace full of the latest tools and the tool technicians who can build them anything.

In real life, everyone has big ideas, but only about 5% have the skills either physically or digitally to make a prototype. To build anything you need collaboration, often many different materials and various pieces of equipment to finish a product. Make48 allows this process to be achieved under a timed, fun, fast-moving, and educational event!

Message from Tom Gray-CEO

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I've always loved innovation.  I am passionate about letting everyday people learn the process and prototyping what is in their heads. In reality, most people cannot build those prototypes due to lack of skills, time or access to the right equipment. Shop class is a thing of the past for most schools.  Make48 is not a traditional learning path but encourages people to collaborate with others.


One of our missions is to expose everyday people to their community makerspace. They're now in every city, school or college and give people an unlimited choice of tools and fabrication equipment.  Also within these walls are the makers & technicians... the 5% that can build things and run equipment. Collaborate with these experts and they can help advise you and build almost anything you desire.  When this happens, the power to take your idea from your head to your hand just got simpler. 

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Press Releases

Make48 2022 Nationals Competition - Jan 2022
Make48 Coming to Hartford - Oct 2021
Make48 Coming to Indianapolis - Sept 2021

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