KSUM to Establish 50 Fabrication Laboratories in State


Kochi: As part of training students to design and manufacture products using advanced manufacturing machines, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will establish 50 Fabrication Laboratories at various technical colleges in the State, said Dr.Jayasankar Prasad, CEO, KSUM.

Inaugurating the second leg of the third edition of the FabLab Asia Network conference (FAN3) here the other day, Dr. Jayasankar Prasad said that 20 such laboratories will start functioning by the end of February. Work orders for another 30 laboratories have been given and the installation works will start soon, he said.

“KSUM has earmarked Rs. 10 crore for the project which will be a fabricating platform enabling students to come forward and develop their ideas in the lab. The training for teachers at the colleges has been completed and once the installation is completed, students can utilise the facility,’’ Dr Jayasankar Prasad said.

The maker culture should benefit the common man and technology should meet with art for achieving the goal. In the days to come, people can design and manufacture any product using advanced manufacturing machines linked to a computer, he added.

Riyas Komu, Co-founder, Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB), said that Biennale helped in creating awareness for contemporary arts. Innovations and technology are being used at KMB, which is of great demand now.

“People are very curious to know about art. We feel that there is a need for a bond between art and technology. Kochi can give a great amount of success where art and technology meets,’’ Riyas Komu said.

With the establishment of Fabrication Laboratories, we will be able to make technology more useful. There should be more discussions on art and technology, he suggested.

Ted Hung, Director, Fablab, Taipei, made a presentation on Fablab Asia Foundation, a network of 81 Fablabs located in 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The first leg of the conference was held in Mumbai and the second leg in Kochi was hosted by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM),Vigyan Ashram and Research Innovation Incubation Design Labs (RiiDL).