By: Gail T. Momblan
THE Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) was selected as the partner institution of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Western Visayas for the Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modeling (FabLab).
FabLab is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication, which is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, which aim to make “almost anything.”
It includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production, based on DTI’s official website.
DTI-6 regional director Rebecca Rascon and ISAT-U President Dr. Raul Muyong signed the Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement on Dec 21, 2018.
The University offers courses that can be augmented by the machineries and equipment, thus they were selected by the DTI-6 as partner institution.
“Very supportive din ang management in the person of Dr. Raul Muyong,” Rascon said in a press briefing on December 27, 2018.
The machineries and equipment, which are now lodged at the ISAT-U Research Hub Building, includes laser cutter, plasma cutter, wood router, embroidery machine, thermal former, large scale tarpaulin printer, and laptop.
Rascon said the equipment could augment the needs of the academe.
“Ginhatagan man namon sila sang embroidery machine kay what they do is nagakadto pa sila sa Iloilo for the embroidery of design sa mga logo,” she said.
The project was proposed in 2015 as DTI’s “response to digitalization”.
The equipment is expected to accommodate 70 percent of clients from the academe and 30 percent from Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
“This will later be opened to MSMEs if they have their ideas sa products. Kung gusto mo paano mo ipackage ang bag-o mo nga design, you go there,” she said.
The product manager will assist the MSME operators in manipulating the equipment to come up with prototypes.
“If you duplicate that (design), wala problema kay nadesign siya sa computer,” Rascon said.
The DTI-6 aims to establish the same facility in Capiz in 2019.
“This time, ang operator naton is ang provincial government sang Capiz,” Rascon said.