What we do

Edgewater Workbench supports creativity and makes your ideas come to life! We offer 3D printing and laser cutting services.


Shopcat, Director of Naps and Cuddles

Shopcat is the newest addition to our team. He keeps an eye on the shop overnight, and watches the street during the day. Shopcat is experienced in knocking things off the table, chasing rubber bands, and knowing when it's time to relax. He is friendly and loves visitors!

Stuart Marsh, Operations & Design

Stuart Marsh is an artist and craftsperson. He grew up in a family of artists, spending much of his youth learning trades skills, including painting, carpentry, metalwork, and glassblowing.

After high school he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in animation. Stuart and his brother started a decorative finishes and painting company that allowed him to pay his way through Columbia College. After graduating with a degree in film and animation, he went on to an array of freelance jobs ranging from timelapse photography for the Discovery Channel to being the Director of Animation for an Independent Film Channel (IFC) pilot. His animation work can be found in the Rice Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Field Museum’s Restoring Earth exhibit, and in D’agastino’s Pizza ads at Wrigley Field.

More recently, Stuart has delved into 3D printing. He has been a guest speaker in classes on the subject of design for 3D printing and its application to film at Columbia College and DePaul University. Stuart's plans for a community 3D print center won ABSOLUT vodka's "Transform Today" challenge, and Edgewater Workbench received funding from ABSOLUT for 3D printers, as well as business consultation from Wired Magazine and Makerbot Industries.

Ally Brisbin, Business Development & Marketing

Ally Brisbin is a community activist and small business advocate who has lived in Edgewater since moving to Chicago in 2008. Ally started and co-owned Kitchen Sink, a specialty coffee and sandwich shop in Edgewater, for four years. During her time as a business owner, she was accepted to and graduated from the competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She was also one of 50 semi-finalists in the 2013 Scion Motivate contest for young entrepreneurs. In 2012, Ally co-founded Community Glue Workshop, a community repair collective focused on repairing, rather than replacing, broken and worn out possessions. Ally currently works in neighborhood economic development on the northside of Chicago.