Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fab Lab – Project Meets and much more

Since I started working with Vigyan Ashram and specially for their two Labs – Fab Lab and DIY Lab, I got to know about different projects it had undertaken. On my second day I got opportunity to attend meeting with projects leads and couple of board members. Our meeting lasted for 4 hours without break, though we had tea two times. We laughed into tears almost 2-3 times in the meeting as everyone was sharing their unique experiences. Vigyan Ashram currently working on many projects like Rice De-husking machine, Remote Bull control, Poly house environment management, Monkey Repellent, Hydro-phonic plantation, Plastic collecting machine for rack pickers and many more (I am getting difficult to recollect now).What I only recollect is I had great experience in listening to all of the meeting attendees.

Most of these projects are the requirements / challenges faced by farmers. So all of these projects would have social impact and shall help society in some or other way.

Then there are projects which are driven by individuals like Prosthetic hand. Volunteers from Infosys and one lady (home maker) helping Fab Lab to build this hand. Vigyan Ashram director wish to donate this hand to one boy who lost three fingers during.

If you see the list of these projects , those projects not only require mechanical expertise which is available with Fab Lab, but also need high end of expertise in electronics / I.T. So my next work is to attract the makers from Pune who shall help us in developing these projects. We now have makers from Infosys, ETON, Emerson etc who are ready to take these challenges. I guess this could be the great way our young pool of talented makers can help our society. This work shall give them challenges which their corporate life may not offer them.

Hope they enjoy working with us on these projects. If you think you would like to work with us then let me know.

Apart from these projects, we also brainstorming with 20 students from 9th grade to come up with problem statement. We also helping them to design solutions for these problems. Then we shall take these 20 students with their ideas and shall conduct 4 days boot camp in IIT Bombay Fab Lab next month. I got opportunity to see IIT Bombay Fab Lab closely. It has got Shop Bot Router, Laser Cutter, 3D Printers, Small Furnace, Sand Blaster, Vinyl Cutter, CNC Milling and Lath machine etc etc. If you are in Mumbai, you can get help of this Fab Lab to work on your ideas.

Vigyan Ashram is also coming up with new version of their IBT Course for their 120+ IBT schools. IIT Bombay boot camp shall help Vigyan Ashram to decide on how these tools can be taken to their IBT schools and how easy or hard would it be for their students to use these tools.

DIY Lab at Kothrud is going to have new 3D Printer soon and me as 3D Printer expert going to conduct series of 3D Printing workshop in coming days. Please watch our event calendar for upcoming events – http://vigyanashram.doattend.com/

Happy Making !!!

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My First Day@Vigyan Ashram-FAB Lab-DIY Lab

To start my first day of Sabbatical , I have been asked to come to Vigyan Ashram at Pabal, a place 60 KMs away from Pune. Initially I thought of going by our very own ST bus, but then dropped the plan as I got now used to luxury of driving my own car. After 2 hours of driving through hustle and bustle of city , I reach Pabal at 10:30 AM. I entered Fab Lab and started talking to Fab Lab instructors. Since I was already in contact with them so it was comfortable interaction. They welcomed me to their work place. Later I met Director of Vigyan Ashram, who approved to my idea of helping their DIY/FAB Lab efforts to penetrate Maker Movement in Pune. After formal introduction to other members of the team, I had been asked to explain my purpose of joining to Vigyan Ashram to the whole team. I had also given my usual talk on 3D Printing which I usually give to Schools,Colleges. Since the premises was close to nature so I felt comfortable getting started, I felt like I am in my home town.Then we had quick brain storming session on improvising maker movement in Pune, and how I can help the team to attract more and more crowd to these Labs. I also explained about my plan over next six months time. Though it was really on high level, I got task to make a detailed plan in coming few days.

It had been decided to put more and more efforts in branding the workshops , DIY Lab events among young generation.So branding and advertisement plan preparing is next step.

3D Printing is area in which I think I know little bit more than the crowd , so I decided to devote more time during my sabbatical to introduce this technology to young generation. My other immediate task is to schedule upcoming 3D Printing sessions for schools which are affiliated to Vigyan Ashram. There are 160+ schools which run IBT (Introduction to Basic Technology) program for their students of std. 8,9,10. I may along with Fab Lab instructors shall work on plan to introduce 3D Printing in their regular IBT program. So 3D printer in every school is next step of Vigyan Ashram. Most of the schools having IBT course are in rural areas, so you may get surprised to see rural students know more about 3D Printing than any other urban students. Thanks to Vigyan Ashram and their team for thinking ahead.

Next I shall write about my experience of attending one of the regular stakeholder meetings, it was different experience than our usual corporate meetings. I somehow stopped myself writing that experience here as I think it deserve separate blog 🙂

To know more about Vigyan Ashram , refer following link :

http://vigyanashram.com/

Happy Making!!!