Design and Fabrication Laboratory
“Instead of giving solutions, create environment where people can find out their own solutions.” Though the
concept initially started at MIT, it is now being implemented in over 125 labs over 34 countries.
Fundamental objectives of the laboratory include:
- Challenging the creativity of students
- Making technology easily accessible to common people
- Developing an open-ecology through sharing of ideas and knowledge
- Creating an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary platform for implementation of various ideas
- Training and empowering the students in designing, assembling, fabricating and computing digital and microprocessor controlled systems, using a hands on approach
- Designing cost effective real life devices/gadgets which can benefit human beings and society as a whole
For this lab, we have carefully chosen open-source microprocessor hardware, electronics and computing platforms, which are extremely cost effective. This lab course is primarily categorised into 4 parts:
- To learn how to program the microprocessor hardware and analyse data
- To learn how to interface the microprocessor with a computer
- To learn how to interface the microprocessor hardware with sensors
- To learn how to interface control devices using the microprocessor hardware
- To design and fabricate complete projects out of these microprocessor controlled hardware, preferably with some real life application.
Since we are using programmable microprocessor controlled devices, it allows us extreme flexibility to design devices for a wide range of applications. One of the salient features of this lab is the direct involvement of the student in the design and fabrication process. It is expected of the students to come up with real life problems and subsequently design and fabricate a solutions on their own. The flexibility and creativity of this lab will not only challenge young and creative minds but also empower them.
Some areas we are trying to work on (but not limited to) are : Robotics, Agriculture & Irrigation, Scientific measuring instruments, Medical devices, Sports, and many others . .