FAN3 Conference: ‘Maker Outpost’ Showcases Fabrication Technologies


Kochi: The Maker Outpost setup by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) as part of the FabLab Asia Network (FAN3) conference, held here the other day, drew a lot of technology enthusiasts. The Outpost provided glimpses of changes Fablabs are bringing to our world. It showed how FabLabs are making fabrication technology available to all, even to kids of primary school, as is the case with child prodigy Saarang Sumesh, who has displayed his robotic products at the Maker Outpost.

Best projects from Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centres (IEDC) set up in colleges of Kerala have been showcased at the Outpost. The Kerala Fab Academy has also trained the artists from Srishti School of Art and Design Technology at the Fablab. Their projects were also showcased at the Mill hall. Some of the notable projects that had been displayed at the Outpost are given below.

Circuitics: The makers from the FabLab at CEPT University Ahmedabad showcased ‘Circuitrics,’ a do-it-yourself kit that enables kids to draw circuit boards with pencil on paper. Pencils write using graphite which is a good conductor of electricity, enabling it to form electrical circuits. This property has been used to make the kits which can be used even by children.

Gesture-based Interactive Wall: Want to draw a picture. Just make gestures with your hand. That is how the Interactive Wall developed by Abhiram and Madhav, makers from the FabLab in Thiruvananthapuram, functioned. The technology can be used to develop a host of applications that work using gesture-based controls.

Morphi: New York-based Sophia Georgiou displayed Morphi – an app that empowers people to create 3D models (STLs) from anywhere with a touch. The app is being used with 3D Printing, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), stopmotion animation, visualization and more. Sophia Georgiou, CEO of Morphi, said that the app could be used even by kids to fabricate a wide range of objects.

3D printed miniature models: 3D-homes had showcased their 3D architectural models at the outpost. The 3D printed miniature models provide exact scaling based on the design. They incorporate all types of structures such as bends, ramps, curves etc. and can be customised based on size, colour, sections etc.