Fab Lab - a platform for innovators

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Nov 2018 10:42:22


Business Bureau,

Region’s entrepreneurs, startups, professionals and even students may now bring their innovative ideas into reality and give them shape as three city-based youths have developed a state-of-the-art facility called - Fab Lab here. It is a workshop equipped with TAL Brabo robot and other modern facilities where one can make prototype of their products in a very conducive atmosphere. It will be a first of its kind workshop in Vidarbha region.

Pratik Gadkar, Mirza Asim Baig and Govind Sahasrabuddhe, all budding entrepreneurs in their early twenties, have developed the facility at Shewalkar Gardens, A - wing, first floor, opposite VNIT Gate No. 1, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, which will start functioning from November 4.
“Fab Lab is an educational outreach component of MIT’s Centre for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research in fabrication and computation. It is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus to entrepreneurship,” said Pratik Gadkar while interacting with The Hitavada.

It will also be a platform for learning and innovation. A place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor and to invent. “Our aim is to help in development of skills, techniques, provide support through infrastructure and mentorship thereby helping in conversion of a unique idea into a product,” Baig said.

The lab is supported by Technoventor Innovations Private Limited which is a start -up regognised by Tata Centre for Technology and Design, IIT Bombay and Vigyan Ashram, Pabal. Technoventor is primarily into lab set up which targets rural areas.

“As there no such facility here, people had to go to cities like Mumbai, Pune. We also realised that non-availability such workshop in the Nagpur was a big hurdle for start-ups and students. But now they may visit the lab and make use of the modern technology. They can actually perform job work using TAL Brabo robot. Moreover, workshop also provides individuals with a wide range of computer-controlled tools and programmes that help them digitally fabricate products and prototypes – of almost anything – for their personal and professional development,” said Sahasrabuddhe adding that students can also make use of the facility.

Educational institutes, especially engineering and polytechnic colleges, can join hands with Technoventor Innovations Private Limited and give their students an access to the platform on which they can produce prototypes of their creation.