FG creates the first digital manufacturing laboratory


The federal government has created the nation’s first digital fabrication lab using indigenous materials and equipment.

Inaugurating the laboratory labeled “FABLAB 1-point-0”, which is domiciled at the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi said the equipment was designed to develop new skills and innovative ideas in solving social challenges.

Mallam Abdullahi said FABLAB, which is part of the Federal Government’s National Digital Development Plan, was created at minimal cost.

NCAIR coordinator, Engineer Yau Garba, said FABLAD was built by in-house staff from locally and digitally manufactured printing equipment, in line with the current administration’s desire for indigenous content.

Engineer Garba said that the FABLAB is open to start-up developers to develop their ideas and introduce them to the global market economy.

The FABLAB 1 point 0 is a pilot for other similar laboratories that will soon be set up in various regions of the country.

Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor


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