The acceleration and incubation of advanced manufacturing innovation is key to the Fabrication Lab’s success.
Over 12 months, Marney Stapley, Vice President of North Forge and Dan Blair, CEO of Bit Space Development Ltd. (BSD), created an immersive technology experience to augment the FabLab’s Health and Safety program. Finding an innovative technology solution for augmenting the FabLab’s Health and Safety Program is what led to the partnership between North Forge and BSD.”
With assistance from the Worker’s Compensation Board of Manitoba and SAFE Work Manitoba, a VR Safety Learning Experience was created to bring attention to critical areas and the pieces of equipment that are considered high risk within the FabLab.
Key areas and equipment highlighted include a general orientation of the FabLab, wood and metal shops, laser room, 3-axis CNC machine, and 3D resin printers. This remote training method was developed to help members understand and demonstrate Safe Work Procedures; keep current with safety improvements; understand and follow personal protective equipment guidelines; demonstrate usage of specific machine hazards and control methods, and understand the FabLab member responsibilities.