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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 !!!


Maker Movement India : Fill in the Blanks

When I got exposed to Maker Movement about a year back, it was realization of existence of my own idea. I always wanted to have such a culture and space(Maker Space) around me to explore wide possibilities of making/innovation. I even thought of having fully equipped workshop for engineering / non-engineering students so they can utilized their after school time by engaging themselves with new ideas. Exposure to maker movement gave me different view point about this concept. Maker media then given me access to different types of projects, which I found very interesting and appealing.

Main entity of Maker Movement is Maker Faire, which gives platform to makers to showcase their projects/skills/talent (which most of the time goes unnoticed). To sustain Making culture, appreciation of making skills is necessary, which I suppose Maker Faire does it fairly. ( Till this time I only seen maker faire on internet, electronic media).

It is not the case that we Indians are not aware of making things, rather we are expert in making things (if we looks at our traditional collections). Though we have good skills like handicraft , hand loom etc , we never explore making culture in technology side. If we wish to explore this area of making , then it is necessary for our generation to set right environment and culture. I believe that Maker Movement can help us in setting up right environment .

There are quite few Maker Spaces popping around India, but we still need to have many more Maker Spaces/ Fab Labs around India, at least one in every medium size town. Arranging small small Maker Faires would attract more and more youngsters to these Maker Spaces.

Apart from setting up this infrastructure and creating right mind set among us, it is great responsibility of our generation to fill in the blanks to sustain Maker Eco-system in India.

Following picture shows Eco-system players in USA. Few of the players can become players in Indian Maker Culture too. But then we have to form a league which would take the roles of these players according to Maker Culture of India.


Fill in the Blanks : Please see if you can find the answers to players which have been strike out or are you ready to take that as an opportunity 🙂

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Reference : http://dupress.com/articles/a-movement-in-the-making/

Maker spaces which I am aware of (In Maharashtra) :

I know there must be more maker spaces around, share if you know. Also share if you are aware of Maker Eco system players  in India.

Happy Making!!!

Atul N Yadav