3D Manufacturing and design hub Fab Lab Adelaide has been saved from possible closure by a deal with TAFE.
As The Herald Sun reports, the design hub in the Adelaide College of the Arts on Light Square will now increase its focus on money making ventures.
There were fears that Fab Lab would have to close because the South Australian Government's $200,000 pilot funding ran out earlier this year. However, Fab Lab manager Karen Marsh said this week that TAFE SA would provide $80,000 for the next six months and keep it open.
In an effort to foster niche manufacturing in South Australia, Fab Lab provides prospective manufacturers with free access to equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters and design software.
Marsh said the organisation plans to develop training packages for TAFE. She feels that a long-term relationship with that established training provider would ensure Fab Lab’s future in Adelaide.
She added that Fab Lab could offer a range of different services to different people. An outreach program to schools, 3D printing demonstrations, commercial prototyping and paid workshops would make it possible for the organisation to continue offering free public access two days a week.