Hi-tech FabLab on way to Ross

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A FabLab is to open in New Ross.

Fund­ing has been ap­proved for a fab lab (fab­ri­ca­tion lab­o­ra­tory) – which is a small-scale work­shop of­fer­ing (per­sonal) dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion.

The lab is typ­i­cally equipped with an ar­ray of flex­i­ble com­puter-con­trolled tools that cover sev­eral dif­fer­ent length scales and var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als, with the aim to make ‘al­most any­thing’.

The fab lab is part of a €150,000 fund­ing boost for the county from the De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ru­ral and Gaeltacht Af­fairs. The four mu­nic­i­pal ar­eas have agreed and al­lo­cated 30 per cent (€45,019) to small projects, which amount to €11,252 per dis­trict. Cllr Michael Shee­han said: ‘ These small scale projects will make a real im­prove­ment on the ground for lo­cal com­mit­tees and groups in the ar­eas. In terms of dis­ad­van­tage, life­style and mak­ing Wex­ford a STEM county, this al­lo­ca­tion will aid in re­vers­ing the trends of dis­ad­van­tage and in­vest­ment in our peo­ple and our places.’

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