India’s first Super Fab Lab inaugurated in Kerala
On January 25, 2020, India’s first Super Fab Lab was inaugurated in Kerala. The laboratory is to function in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. It is the only laboratory that is being installed outside US.
The Super Fab Lab is being installed in collaboration with KSUM (Kerala Startup Mission). The laboratory will break down barriers between physical world and digital world.
What is a Fab Lab?
A Fab Lab is a laboratory that offers digital fabrication. It is colloquially defined as, “How to make almost anything”. It is an array of computers that covers almost all materials. It is used in businesses to develop prototypes and also in education. It includes CNC cutting, plasma metal cutting, laser cutting, electronics and microprocessors and 3D printing and scanning.
Vigyan Ashram was the first Fab Lab to be opened in India. It was established in 2002. Also, it was the first fab lab to be opened outside USA (MIT).
Fab Fi is the wireless network that is currently being operated in Afghanistan, US and Kenya. It provides high speed internet from a central provider.
The Kerala Start up Mission is an entrepreneurship development programme that creates environment and infrastructure to support high-technologies.