T-Works: Creating a Culture of Makers and Innovators

T-Works: Creating a Culture of Makers and Innovators

Hyderabad, India – T-Works Foundation is a not-for-profit, completely owned by the Government of Telangana. Its vision is to create and celebrate a culture of hobbyists, makers, and innovators who explore and experiment without the fear of failure. T-Works caters to a wide range of users, including students, hobbyists, tinkerers, children, makers, innovators, startups, MSMEs, and corporations.

The facility is designed to provide users with the tools and infrastructure required to turn their ideas into prototypes and products. T-Works offers a wide range of services, such as equipment rental, prototyping services, and collaboration. Users can also engage with T-Works through workshops, training programs, events, and competitions.

Equipment rental is one of T-Works’ most popular services. Users can rent time on equipment after undergoing relevant safety and machine operation training. The facility offers prototyping services, where users can create their designs, and T-Works will fabricate them. Additionally, end-to-end product development is available in collaboration between users and T-Works.

Users can approach T-Works through multiple channels, such as the website, email, references from partner incubators, academia, and industry. T-Works provides non-discriminatory access to all, including corporates engaged in product development and R&D, MSMEs, hardware startups, rural innovators, students, artists, hobbyists, artisans and craftspeople, academics, and researchers.

T-Works provides IP protection for users through standardized IP agreements. The IP developed by external users will belong to them, while IP developed in-house by T-Works will belong to T-Works, with the option to license out T-Works IP to external entities. T-Works does not take any equity in the startups they support.

The pricing philosophy is built on encouraging people from all backgrounds to avail of the services. T-Works offers a wide range of discounts exclusive to students, startups, MSMEs, and rural innovators. People will be allowed to operate and use the equipment after undergoing safety and machine training. Few industrial-grade machines will be operable only by T-Works employees.

T-Works Phase-1 is the current facility covering 78,000 sq. ft, with a plan for a 250,,000 sq. ft expansion in the near future. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery such as CNC machines, 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. T-Works is located in the heart of Hyderabad’s industrial and IT hub, making it easily accessible to users.

T-Works aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry by providing students and researchers with access to industry-grade equipment and infrastructure. By fostering a culture of makers and innovators, T-Works hopes to contribute to the growth of Telangana’s economy and put the state on the global innovation map.

The Phase 1 Centre of T-Works will be formally opened on March 2, 2023.

In conclusion, T-Works is a unique initiative by the Government of Telangana that provides a platform for hobbyists, makers, and innovators to experiment and innovate without the fear of failure. With a wide range of services and equipment available, T-Works caters to users from all backgrounds and encourages collaboration and innovation. Its efforts to bridge the gap between academia and industry and provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure are commendable and will undoubtedly contribute to Telangana’s growth and development.