April 20, 2012 at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (NUST "MISA") was inaugurated Russia's first certified Laboratory personal digital production — FABLAB MISA (Fab Lab) — a joint project of JSC "RVC" and NUST "MISA". The project will allow the representatives of creative young people and small innovative companies to gain access to a unique technological platform and centers prototyping.
Laboratory FABLAB can make any object of any material. The project uses a high-performance digital production equipment, which is equipped with MISA program development research university. It will be created prototypes of products for small innovative companies. Also MISA and MIT signed a contract for the supply of standard equipment Fab Lab and obtaining the necessary intellectual property rights. This equipment will be used primarily for entry-level prototyping and creativity of youth teams. The creation and launch of Russia's first Fab Lab was made possible through the combined efforts of NUST "MISA", JSC "RVC", Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Government of Moscow. MISA, as one of the leading technological research universities, which focused both technological and human resources, has become the most suitable platform for the implementation of the pilot project, which will be the base model for replication creation Fab Lab. For this purpose between RVC and MISA agreement, the purpose of the implementation of which is to create teaching materials based on the experience FABLAB MISA to spread across the country.
"Today, the participants start-ups solve the problem by creating the prototypes, not having a system integrator, able to solve this complex problem quickly — comments Igor Agamirzyan, CEO and Chairman of the Board of JSC "RVC". — They place orders for the production of the prototype in large enterprises, as a rule, do not have competence to rapidly deliver low-cost models, which leads to high costs and time needed to create a new product. Fab Lab will solve these problems by creating samples using rapid prototyping technology. "
MISA FABLAB opened by cutting the ribbon with a laser Fab Lab, Professor Neil Gershenfeld (Neil Gershenfeld) from MIT, ideologist and founder of the Fab Lab. The professor gave a lecture on the history and development laboratories of a digital production and development prospects Fab Lab in Russia. He and the founders of Fab Lab was given a set of questions.
Professor Gershenfeld noted that the high expectations of the team FABLAB MISA:
"The laboratory in the MISA is special, it blends perfectly — and it reminds me of my own laboratory at MIT — on the one hand, the great research base, on the other hand, a great experience — they know how to build things."
That is, the Fab Lab, open to MISA, has the potential to become not just a soldier, even if successful, the laboratory, and to take over the functions Russia, which for a worldwide network Fab Lab performs laboratory at MIT.
"We want to be not only the center of the implementation of these projects, but also a training center for those people who will implement them in other locations," — shared his plans for the future rector of the MISA Dmitry Livanov.
Despite the fact that the Fab Lab is a new phenomenon for Russia, some of its functions are carried out circles of technical creativity, which are now in need of a modern international experience in order to attract a new generation of young people in the creative process. A distinctive feature of the network created by Neil Gershenfeld Fab Lab was the simultaneous use of commercial and non-profit models, while the circles of technical creativity mean only non-profit model.
At the site of MISA will be implemented both approaches. Under the direction of commercial laboratory will provide services for pilot testing of commercial projects for the production of new products. Interested participants are offered individual services or full service fast production chain:
- computer product design (CAD);
- Computer simulation of the product (CAE);
- manufacture of cosmetics (mock-up) prototypes;
- production of functional prototypes;
- design and manufacture of tooling for mass production.
Nonprofit direction of the laboratory involves the donation of the technological platform for the pilot projects high school students, inventors and students.
"Today we are taking part in an event, it is extremely important for the innovation economy of the country — said Igor Agamirzyan. — Fab Lab MISA — is, in particular, the educational project focused on training, which will be competitive in the global labor market and will mark the image of the economy in 15-20 years. Without the support and training of young talented and gifted children, we will not go into a new world. The implementation of such projects in our country, in my opinion, is a good premise that the Russian economy will be one of the leaders in innovation and technological development. "
"We expect that due to the economic situation, those trends that we have today, for distribution of a wide application of ideology Fab Lab in Russia formed a very favorable climate" — added Dmitry Livanov.
According to the head of Igor RVC Agamirzian "model Fab Lab will be actively developed in Russia, and will be one of the main resources for the formation of human capital."
About NUST "MISA"
State Technological University "MISA» (http://www.misis.ru/) traces its history back to 1930, when it created the Moscow Institute of Steel. Today, NUST "MISA" — the leading institution of the country by training engineers and scientists in the field of metallurgy and materials science, production and processing of metals, composites, powder, superconducting and semiconducting materials, development of new materials and technologies, resource conservation and ecology, certification and quality management; Economics and Management, Informatics and control systems.
About JSC "RVC"
JSC "RVC" — a state fund of funds, the Institute of the Russian Federation, one of the key tools in building its own national innovation system. The authorized capital of JSC "RVC" is more than 30 billion rubles. 100% of the capital owned by the RVC Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (the Agency). The total amount of funds formed of "RVC", has reached 12, their size — 26.1 billion rubles. The share of "RVC" — more than 16 billion rubles. Number of invested funds RVC innovative companies reached 111. The total amount invested funds — 9.3 billion rubles.