Maker's Asylum

A community makerspace open to all

D-11/1, Road No. 21, Opposite Passport Seva Kendra, MIDC, Marol Industrial, Area, Andheri East, Shree Krishna Nagar, Marol MIDC Industry Estate, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400093, India

Makerspace Fab Lab Mobile workshop

Space size 560 m²

Opened in June 2015

Structure type Hybrid organization

Explored in May 2017


Maker's Asylum is a community makerspace to get your hands dirty and make your ideas happen. The place is open to all and encourages teh viersity of profiles and projects.

Main interests

Community Entrepreneurship Social initiatives Education Food Agriculture Self-sufficiency Clothing & accessories Fashion & textile Robotics Electronics Energy & environment

This workshop is great for:

Every single person & organisation!

Interview & guided tour

Meet someone from the team & discover the space by yourself!

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

Maker’s Asylum is above all a community, a place for makers created and run by makers themselves. It was founded by Vaibhav Chhabra, who was seeking a makerspace in Mumbai while he was working for Eyenetra in 2013. It all started following an accident (the roof felt in the Eyentra’s office). Vaibhav called friends to help him build new furniture for his office. It ended up creating a maker enthusiasts group meeting every Sunday. The Asylum was born.

The place kept growing, under the necessity to welcome new members. After taking place in a garage, in the Indian School of Design and Innovation, a crowdfunding campaign allowed to set up a space of 560 square meters in the North of Mumbai in June 2015. True to its values, members built themselves all furniture of the lab, during 45 days.

Intially the lab intention was to provide space and tools for makers, as well as a place to gather a community of unlike-minded people. Now the lab’s mission has crossed a new step by including an educational pillar. Maker’s asylum wants to promote the maker culture as part of the educational curriculum. It has created the “STEAM School “, a 9 day program in partnership with the CRI (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires) and the French embassy, gathering international volunteers to work on United Nation sustainable development goals.

Maker’s Asylum is open to everyone. The attraction of its community has brought a wide variety of profiles. Today 50% of its members don’t have a technical background, which seems still quite unusual for most of the makerspaces. There are startups using the co-working space and machines, hobbyists and professional craftsmen. During the weekends, everyone can subscribe to attend one of the workshops. Common projects are born in the lab such as the SatNOG (Satellite Network Open Ground Station), developed by makers who met in the space.

The lab has a strong reputation in India, and benefits from the word of mouth to attract new members. Also there are a substantial number of talks provided in the lab and outside its walls by the team, such as Tedx talks from Vaibhav.

Users feel to be part of a community inside the walls, and this is concretely visible as some regular and skilled members get an official status of “lab leader”, helping makers in the electronic, wood, metal areas…

Self-funded by Vaibhav and Anool, the 1st version of Maker’s Asylum was setup at the back of Eyenetra’s Office in Bandra East. It moved in a rented garage then in a space within India institute of Design and innovation.

In June 2015, the most recent makerspace was built thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, partners funding some machines and tools, and the community helping to build all furniture of the lab.

The lab has based his business model on memberships and workshops. In 2016, 25% of its 100 K revenues were coming from this field. 25% were linked to co-working space rental, 25% to corporate activities (workshops and team building activities), and 25% from the STEAM School program launched the same year.

Maker’s Asylum has a hybrid business model: its revenue model is split according to the labs activities. Hence, the membership and workshops activities are linked to the Non Profit Organization. The corporates services and STEAM school program are linked to the private company.

The lab is profit neutral for its 2016 activity. 50% of annual costs are salaries, 30% for rent and 20% are operational costs (machines use, electricity, materials…).

In the near future, Maker’s Asylum wants to expand its labs in others cities in India (they are already in Mumbai and Delhi). It focuses on cities that do not have makerspaces yet. It wants to foster education as well and create international connections.

Maker’s Asylum Team is ran by Vaibhav and Allan, and is otherwise composed of 7 members divided between the event and the operation team. The event team is planning monthly events and leading the community engagement. The operation team takes care of the daily work in the lab.

The community is highly involved in the lab’s life and play its role. Members are identified and recognized as “lead lab”, and help other members on technical issues.

The lab provides a wide variety of monthly workshops, and members can even ask to get a slot to make their own workshop.

A Maker in Residence project, in partnership with Autodesk has been also launched to help makers who have a project with social impact to develop it, using the labs resources and network.

As education is now one of the key focuses of lab, a STEAM school program has been launched in partnership with the CRI (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire) and the French embassy. In 2016, 36 participants from India and France gathered to work on global challenges with local perspectives, as being trained on prototyping.

There is no formal documentation process in place in the makerspace right now. Members are responsible for their own documentation.

However a complete documentation process has been set up for the team. Every day, each team member has to dedicate 15 min to it. It concerns communication processes « how to make an event », machine uses, inventory, workshops… All is shared only internally thanks to google drive.

One of their main challenges is currently to find a way to document and manage the daily operations of the lab (record new members, know who used which tools, manage subscription fees…).

Maker’s Asylum is above all a community, a place for makers created and run by makers themselves. It was founded by Vaibhav Chhabra, who was seeking a makerspace in Mumbai while he was working for Eyenetra in 2013. It all started following an accident (the roof felt in the Eyentra’s office). Vaibhav called friends to help him build new furniture for his office. It ended up creating a maker enthusiasts group meeting every Sunday. The Asylum was born.

The place kept growing, under the necessity to welcome new members. After taking place in a garage, in the Indian School of Design and Innovation, a crowdfunding campaign allowed to set up a space of 560 square meters in the North of Mumbai in June 2015. True to its values, members built themselves all furniture of the lab, during 45 days.

Intially the lab intention was to provide space and tools for makers, as well as a place to gather a community of unlike-minded people. Now the lab’s mission has crossed a new step by including an educational pillar. Maker’s asylum wants to promote the maker culture as part of the educational curriculum. It has created the “STEAM School “, a 9 day program in partnership with the CRI (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires) and the French embassy, gathering international volunteers to work on United Nation sustainable development goals.

Maker’s Asylum is open to everyone. The attraction of its community has brought a wide variety of profiles. Today 50% of its members don’t have a technical background, which seems still quite unusual for most of the makerspaces. There are startups using the co-working space and machines, hobbyists and professional craftsmen. During the weekends, everyone can subscribe to attend one of the workshops. Common projects are born in the lab such as the SatNOG (Satellite Network Open Ground Station), developed by makers who met in the space.

The lab has a strong reputation in India, and benefits from the word of mouth to attract new members. Also there are a substantial number of talks provided in the lab and outside its walls by the team, such as Tedx talks from Vaibhav.

Users feel to be part of a community inside the walls, and this is concretely visible as some regular and skilled members get an official status of “lab leader”, helping makers in the electronic, wood, metal areas…

Self-funded by Vaibhav and Anool, the 1st version of Maker’s Asylum was setup at the back of Eyenetra’s Office in Bandra East. It moved in a rented garage then in a space within India institute of Design and innovation.

In June 2015, the most recent makerspace was built thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, partners funding some machines and tools, and the community helping to build all furniture of the lab.

The lab has based his business model on memberships and workshops. In 2016, 25% of its 100 K revenues were coming from this field. 25% were linked to co-working space rental, 25% to corporate activities (workshops and team building activities), and 25% from the STEAM School program launched the same year.

Maker’s Asylum has a hybrid business model: its revenue model is split according to the labs activities. Hence, the membership and workshops activities are linked to the Non Profit Organization. The corporates services and STEAM school program are linked to the private company.

The lab is profit neutral for its 2016 activity. 50% of annual costs are salaries, 30% for rent and 20% are operational costs (machines use, electricity, materials…).

In the near future, Maker’s Asylum wants to expand its labs in others cities in India (they are already in Mumbai and Delhi). It focuses on cities that do not have makerspaces yet. It wants to foster education as well and create international connections.

Maker’s Asylum Team is ran by Vaibhav and Allan, and is otherwise composed of 7 members divided between the event and the operation team. The event team is planning monthly events and leading the community engagement. The operation team takes care of the daily work in the lab.

The community is highly involved in the lab’s life and play its role. Members are identified and recognized as “lead lab”, and help other members on technical issues.

The lab provides a wide variety of monthly workshops, and members can even ask to get a slot to make their own workshop.

A Maker in Residence project, in partnership with Autodesk has been also launched to help makers who have a project with social impact to develop it, using the labs resources and network.

As education is now one of the key focuses of lab, a STEAM school program has been launched in partnership with the CRI (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire) and the French embassy. In 2016, 36 participants from India and France gathered to work on global challenges with local perspectives, as being trained on prototyping.

There is no formal documentation process in place in the makerspace right now. Members are responsible for their own documentation.

However a complete documentation process has been set up for the team. Every day, each team member has to dedicate 15 min to it. It concerns communication processes « how to make an event », machine uses, inventory, workshops… All is shared only internally thanks to google drive.

One of their main challenges is currently to find a way to document and manage the daily operations of the lab (record new members, know who used which tools, manage subscription fees…).

Technologies & processes available

3D printing CNC milling Electronics Laser cutting Wood working tools Metal working tools Robotics

Services offered

Open moments Workshop memberships Prototyping Startups & projects hosting Classes & workshops Mobile workshop Coworking space

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

The involvement of the community in the lab's daily life

What is it?

The community of makers is highly involved in the daily operations of the lab. Maker’s Asylum encourages this by rewarding the members for their implication.

In concrete terms?

Members of Maker’s Asylum are invited to take part in the lab’s life since its creation. Some participated to the creation of most of the furniture. Some are recognized as “lab lead” and help others on their projects. To encourage and reward their engagement, some receive discounts on their membership fees. Any member can also propose and set up a workshop or a talk and make it happen in the lab.

Why it’s interesting?

The notoriety of Maker’s Asylum is linked to its very active and dynamic community. In the lab everybody works in collaboration with each other, and it provides the space with a strong energy. It also allows the lab to answer the needs of its members by letting them propose their ideas.


Our makers projects

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Maker Garden

What’s the project story?

Adrienne and Durga are both members of Maker’s Asylum and met during one of its crowdfunding campaign. Adrienne, designer specialist in rooftop gardens was working on a new project to set up an experimental rooftop garden on the rooftop of Maker’s Asylum. Durga is an artist working with mix-media installations. When they met, the connection worked and they started working on a new concept to be launched very soon.

How do they interact with the workshop?

They use all tools and machines to prototype the planter boxes that will be used on the rooftop. Moreover they benefit from the crowdfunding campaign organized by the lab to fund their project.

What’s next?

All the prototyping needs to be still done indoor and they will start planting after the Monsoon!


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