Ford India Cuts Ribbon on New Maker Space at Global Business Services Center in Chennai
Ford India last month cut the ribbon on the brand-new Maker Space innovation laboratory at its Global Business Services center in Chennai. The 1,500-square-foot space is catered specifically toward creates with an open and exuberant workspace that encourages collaboration, education, creativity, and, ultimately, creation.
“As [new Ford CEO] Jim Hackett highlighted in his thinking for the first 100 days, innovation in all parts of our business is key,” said Graydon Reitz, Ford Asia Pacific Product Development Engineering Director, who was on hand to do the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the June 20th event. “We are glad to see the India Makerspace already contributing to Ford PD innovation with an expanding portfolio of prototypes that have been developed, fabricated, and proven out there.”
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Though the ribbon was officially cut to open the Maker Space just last month, it has been in limited operation since February of this year. Thus far, it has already served as a vital space for product development teams in the development and refinement of projects.
The Maker Space is accessible to all Ford employees and features cutting-edge tools aimed at facilitating invention. This includes, among other things, 3d printers and a 3D scanner, all of which are located in the dedicated Maker’s Zone. For contemplation and brainstorming, the appropriately-named Ideation Zone is a place of quiet and calm that fosters thought and encourages thinking out loud within a group.
Individuals interested in paying a visit to the Ford Maker Space can schedule a 30-minute guided tour of the facility or “come over and have a look during the lunch break.”
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