A 120 square meter area is under construction and a larger hardware lab will open after the summer. There will be workplaces for 8-10 people.
Open for all members of the Forskningsparken community
Kristian Hesthaug will be head of the lab. He is also in charge of the Hardware Industry Program at StartupLab, working with startups, production companies and corporations within hardware, Internet-of-Things, and robotics.
StartupLab-members have access to the hardware lab, and all tenants and members in Forskningsparken, Aleap and ShareLab are welcome against a monthly fee. The terms are not decided yet, but Kristian's intention is to make it flexible so you do not have to sign up for 6 months access but can choose to just have access for a month. If you have larger needs you can scale up to renting a fixed desk. Then you don't have to clear the desk every evening.
-In the lab we will provide equipment for soldering, for 3D-printing (plastics), there will be a small lathe, we will provide consumables like circuit boards, coils, chips, and passive components for surface-mount technology, Kristian says. We have industry partners like Würth, Arrow, and Rekor who will provide us with the necessary equipment, some will be included and some will be for purchasing.
Inviting to a lab community to share equipment and knowledge
-We want this to develop into a small factory where you can make for instance 10 ex of your prototype. Hardware development should be lean and agile like software development is. You make, you test it and then you remake it, until you are happy with the product.
-The hardware lab will help you make the development easy and cost-effective. Application for CE marking is an expensive process, we hope to be able to do some of the pre-testing in the hardware lab for a safer process, says Kristian. Together with Knut Tore Haugen in Forskningsparken he is planning to establish a lab community for Forskningsparken, for mutual interests and to share equipment and knowledge.
-We have cooperation with SINTEF who is one of our closest neighbors. By exchanging lab capacity with them and others in- and outside of Forskningsparken, we hope to make better use of the capacity and the tools available, Kristian says. If you are interested, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
A great place to grow
The hardware lab is one of many services offered in Forskningsparken. 300 companies are co-located on the premises and 75 % have daily or weekly contact, according to a survey in 2018.
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