With the MIDAS Lab opening, Kootenay industrial innovation is about to enjoy a welcome kickstart!
A variety of training courses and memberships are now available for online purchase/registration to make this unique Trail facility accessible to makers and companies around the region.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, employee, company, startup or student – if you have an interest in digital fabrication, advanced manufacturing and/or metallurgical technology you can now have access to the $400,000+ of brand new, enterprise-level equipment.
MIDAS makes the tools of innovation accessible
MIDAS (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies), is an applied research, commercialization and digital fabrication training facility in Trail. It is focused on the local metallurgical sector surrounding the Teck Trail Operations smelter and makes recent advances in manufacturing technology (including 3D Printing) accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.
As recently explained by MIDAS Lab Director Brad Pommen, “Someone may walk in the door with an idea and not know where to go next with it. We’re here to help them figure that out, whether it’s access they need, or tools. We’re here to spur innovation.”
The goal of the MIDAS Lab
At the heart of the MIDAS vision is to provide the tools and space to inspire and facilitate innovation in the Kootenays. The MIDAS Lab has several key objectives:
- Support entrepreneur development and the commercialization of applied, market-relevant research in the metallurgic and advanced manufacturing industries.
- Expand local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products.
- Promote skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.
MIDAS courses to suit all levels
The MIT-certified digital fabrication laboratory, or “Fab Lab”, and metallurgy-specific equipment provided by Fenix Advanced Materials sets the foundation to offer public access to state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities.
MIDAS courses are designed to help familiarize the user with the “Fab Lab” and provide the appropriate training to get the most out of the facility and its equipment based on your specific needs and requirements.
Competency courses are required to allow use of the equipment. 1-3 hours in length, these sessions get you using the equipment you require for your project. Competency courses do NOT include how to complete unique projects.
Workshop/Project courses are 3-6 hour sessions providing competency certification where you use one or more pieces of equipment and create something or learn a more advanced skill with the equipment.
Corporate courses are designed for company or academic organizations that want to bundle certain skills/training together.
Do you participate in a discipline that includes manufacturing, repairing, modifying, making, creating, prototyping, building, engineering or the arts? If so, commercial membership is open to your company, startup or member company employees. Individual memberships for makers and inventors are also available.
MIDAS is NOT intended for high volume production runs but rather for prototyping, custom work and short runs in order to market-test.
MIDAS offers commercial membership bonuses:
- Use the space in the morning when General Members do not have access
- Use of business spaces: video conference system, co-work space and boardrooms
There are a variety of membership programs available, please click HERE for details.