India's largest makerspace, a prototyping and design centre, will come up in Hyderabad next year and will have equipment worth over $20 million, Telangana's Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao announced in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
To be known as T-Works, the facility will come up over 250,00 square feet with many partners offering their software tools and equipment.
Modelled on the lines of makerspaces in other countries and customised to Indian needs, this will probably be the world's second largest facility of its kind, he said.
Anybody with an idea can collaborate with other people at T-Works and convert his or her designs into working prototype.
"T-Works will be up and running around this time next year," the Minister said, while addressing India Design Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, adding anybody could use freely available tools — software, test and measurement equipment — to build any product.
"T-Works will allow anyone young or old school student, graduate or retired professor, man or woman to collaborate with other intelligent individuals and converge their designs on paper or PC and convert it into working prototype," said Rama Rao, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Open to all Indians, the facility will have CNC machines, cutting machines of all kinds, welding and carpentry tools, PCB assembly machines, and 3D printers of all ranges.
"This I believe is going to change the way we do business especially with respect to design and hardware space in India," he said.
The Minister said T-Works will help in making products in domains like mechanical, electro mechanic, electronics and semiconductor spaces.
It will also help in making products in automobiles, IoT, avionics, drones, med devices, medical instruments, defence equipment, consumer electronics, telecom products, mobile devices, gadgets and sensors.
"T-Works will become one of cornerstones and essential hub in the wheel in heralding a new wave of entrepreneurs, makers, tinkerers and designers of all kinds, aesthetic, textile, fashion, lifestyle, mechanical and technological," he added.