The MIDAS digital prototyping “Fab Lab” and metallurgical research facility is gearing up for its Grand Opening this September. The goal of this Glenmerry-based multi-million dollar project is to support skills training and entrepreneurial development through the commercialization of new technologies and services in the region.
“MIDAS (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration & Studies) will be the regional hub for project-based, hands-on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)”, stated Don Freschi, GM of CFDC Greater Trail. “MIDAS partners with educational institutions and targets university graduates for applied metallurgical research and development right here in Trail. By promoting skills training in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology, we can attract bright minds to Trail and provide opportunities to keep our talented youth in the area”, stated Freschi.
Community Futures of Greater Trail is proud to support the KAST-led MIDAS project with staff expertise and a cash infusion of $308,000 for infrastructure. Ron Perepolkin, CFDC Project Coordinator and MIDAS Fab Lab Manager stated, “Having just finished ordering over $430,000 in equipment, I believe we have the tools & technology to create just about anything. We have a well-stocked electronics lab, a 3D design centre for scanning and 3D printing, a laser cutter, and assorted programmable CNC machines such as ShopBots, plasma cutter, lathes and mills. We also have shops for woodworking, metalworking, molding and casting, as well as a learning centre for design and skills training. “
Fab Lab memberships will be available to the general public this fall. Fab Lab members learn by working on items of personal or business interest through a cycle of envision, design, prototype, reflect, and iterate as they find solutions to challenges or bring new ideas to life. Empowered by the “maker experience”, members mentor other members to help them learn about the machines, materials, design process, and engineering which go into invention and innovation to help bring their project to life. To learn more visit www.midaslab.ca.