Entrepreneurs can use lab to refine concepts, build prototypes

College of Technology students and faculty will have access to the campus Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL) to build prototypes of their products.

The 4,000-square-foot AFL opened in 2009 and has been used by College of Engineering students for hands-on coursework projects. It is considered one of the country's premier university-based, supervised prototyping facilities.

Through a collaboration among Purdue's College of Engineering, College of Technology, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the Foundry, the facility, while continuing to be available for students doing projects for coursework, will additionally be available for all faculty, staff and student innovators campus-wide who need to build a prototype for their innovation.

The facility will extend its hours from 40 to 60 hours a week, including weekend hours, beginning Oct. 23 to support the additional use of fabrication areas.

An open house and tours of the facility are planned for Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

Read more about the AFL and the expanded availability on the Purdue News Service site.

(Photo courtesy of Purdue University)