Rev3 – The Third Industrial Revolution

The first industrial revolution began in the late 1770’s and was marked by an evolution in the way things were manufactured. Hand production methods were replaced by machines, and with each passing decade more and more efficiencies entered the landscape. By the time the famous second industrial revolution came about a century later bringing assembly line manufacturing and mass production, almost every aspect of daily life had been influenced in some way.

The third industrial revolution – the digital revolution- began in the 1980’s when the computer became a familiar machine, and quickly became a necessity for many jobs. The digital revolution spread through the modern world and by the 21st Century interconnectedness has flourished. The way we do business – from a simple retail transaction to the storage of mass amounts of data continues to evolve rapidly. Recent innovations like rapid prototyping, cloud computing and the open source movement are causing change to accelerate even faster—creating risks for companies and people attached to the old way of doing business—but creating breathtaking new opportunities for entrepreneurs who can harness these new tools.

A Place of Emerging Opportunities

Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, Illinois that is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, software and technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts, to technology that changes business models – Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities.

Like many co-working spaces and incubators, a key feature of Rev3 will be the opportunity to collaborate with and share ideas with other users. Rev3 is a place you will want to come to work. Even if you are a solopreneur, Rev3 will give you the opportunity to develop your business in a communal environment.


Rev3 will have a full complement of resources to allow companies to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of products including:

  • Metal Shop
  • Wood Shop
  • Electronics Lab
  • Rapid Prototyping Facility
  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Scanner
  • Laser Cutter
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vaccum Former
  • Metrology Equipment
  • 3D CAD Tools