FabLab project is a place where anyone can make almost anything using digital design, 3D printers, laser cutting and other advance technological means. It is about turning ideas into reality wherein all planning, design, production and fabrication processes are done in one place.
For the SLU FabLab, a Shared Service Facility (SSF) project under the Department of Trade and Indistry, among the services offered are 3D printing, CNC milling machines, laser cutting, motion capture suits, labelling and vacuum forming.
On Monday, SLU President Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales and DTI – Cordillera Regional Director Myrna Pablo led the ribbon cutting and blessing of the facility and had a ceremonial signing of memorandum of agreement for SSF.
Fr. Sales expressed gratitude to DTI – CAR for the partnership which is in line with the SLU’s goal to be responsive to the challenges posed by the changing education landscape.
The partnership, which is primarily for the benefit of wider society, also complements the human dimension of university education with the scientific and technological aspect of higher learning, he added.
Pablo disclosed that as of September of this year, DTI has invested around P1.48 billion for the establishment of 2,459 SSFs, nationwide, (including 149 in CAR), benefitting over 300,000 MSMEs and generated an estimated 200,000 employment opportunities. SSF projects primary objective is to improve and enhance the quality of products of MSMEs to increase their productivity and widen their market share.
For this FabLab, DTI invested around P11.67 million for equipment. It is responsive to the challenges of Industry 4.0 which is into the use of most recent and often connected digital technologies enabling new and more efficient processes in industrial production and yielding goods and services.
Meanwhile, FabLab manager Architect Donna Tabangin shared that SLU is among the first five tech hubs in the country that aims to offer prototyping, fabrication, design consultancy, trainings and workshops, mentoring, co – working space, networking and business planning.
The FabLab, along with the now operational SIRIB or SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation and Business Center (a partnership with CHED and DOST) and the soon to be launched SLU – DOST Con Res TBI (Technology Business Incubator), the university’s TechHub will be fully operational towards producing new breed of engineers and entrepreneurs from the university students to their other partner higher education institutions in Northern Luzon and from the MSME sector of Cordillera, Tabangin added. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar