Wednesday, March 25, 2009

South Africa, North-West, Potchefstroom

The Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) has rolled out the fifth FabLab facility in South Africa. This facility form part of the faculty of engineering at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus.
A Fablab is a group of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs.

The aim of the Fablab at the NWU Potchefstroom Campus is not only to provide an infrastructure for innovators to solve problems, but also to develop human resources and share cross-cutting skills. We also encourage community interaction by inviting learners from the community’s schools to participate in activities which develop their computer skills as well as advance their ability to fabricate their design-idea according to scale”

At the Fablab, we make room for the freedom of experimentation and probing in order to stimulate the learners’ creativity which can lead to invention.The Fablab gives communities in the North-West Province access to manufacturing technologies and thus support general innovation and fabrication in the small to medium enterprise sector.

The following machines and equipment are used in the Fablab:
Co2 Laser cutter, Vinyl cutter, Modela milling machine, TorchMate, Electronics, Electronic work bench

The FabLab just move to a knew space in the mechanical engeneering building. The FabLab is now dubble the size and we catter for more students then before ( program training, machines and design work, assembly and prototyping)

Open and honest relationships are important with all persons using the Fablab no matter what age or background