The agricultural world is full of farmers with innovative projects, ideas for new machines and clever equipment. Too often these projects remain just ideas, due to a lack of time or technical means.
AgriLab was designed for them! Be demystifying technologies, Agrilab enables its members to create a prototype themselves, based on an agricultural need.
AgriLab, a collaborative innovation centre for agriculture.
AgriLab is a 1,500 m² collaborative innovation centre for agriculture located in the heart of a mixed crop-livestock farm and close to the higher education and research centre.
Inspired by the Fablabs movement, AgriLab promotes open innovation and the sharing of knowledge and know-how. In the same place, it is possible to "manufacture (almost) everything" with the minimum of machines... from digital design to mechanical machining.
The innovation centre also offers à la carte services (privatization of machines, engineering services, customised advanced training, services...).
A Fab Lab open to all
AgriLab is also a FabLab open to all, and for all projects (agricultural or not). The aim is to encourage a mix of profiles and approaches and thereby bring innovations to life.
Members acn attend weekly training sessions, use the machines and be accompanied on their projects. In return, projects must be sourced on the Internet.
A FabAcademy to learn about rapid prototyping.
AgriLab is a node of the FabAcademy and offers a 6-month training to become a Fabmanager and learn rapid prototyping. At the end of the course, a diploma accredited by the FabAcademy is awarded.
The FabAcademy is a digital manufacturing program led by Neil Gershenfeld, founder of the "How to Make (Almost) Anything" course at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. It was found in 2009 in the United States and is now taught in more than 100 locations around the world.
AgriLab's 4 pillars
AgrLab has 6 prototyping areas (DataLab, ElectroLab, FabLab 2D, FabLab 3D, MecaLab, MediaLab) and a team with diverse skills.
Training sessions of all levels are held every week to enable members to become autonomous and prototype themselves.
The primary objective of the centre is to give a voice to the farmers who come with their projects. AgriLab's role is to assist them in the realization of these projects.
AgriLab is based on the free sharing of space, machines, skills and knowledge.
AgriLab is connected to the networks of FabLabs, livings labs, agricultural networks (cooperatives, management centers, chambers of agriculture, ...) and university networks.
AgriLab wants to be a strong link in a large international network of sharing and exchanges in order to contribute to the co-development of a more sustainable and responsible world agriculture.
They participated to the funding of AgriLab
AgriLab is a service of the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle and is part of a large network of partners.
Co-funder for AgriLab OpenLab
Co-funders for the operation of AgriLab
Co-funders for AgriLab construction and equipment