ILOILO UNIV HOSTS DTI-6’S FABLAB
DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon and ISAT-U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong ink the Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement between the DTI VI and the ISAT U during the turnover of the Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modeling (FabLab) Equipment at the ISAT-U Research Hub on December 21, 2018. (standing, from left) DTI VI Asst. Regional Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, ISAT-U DTI FABLAB Officer-in-Charge Engr. Ramon Alguidano Jr., DTI Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr., ISAT U Planning and Development and Auxiliary Services Director Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud, ISAT U VP for Administration and Finance Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., and Research Services Division Director Dr. Richard C. de Leon. (DTI-6 photo)
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.
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).
The product manager will assist the MSME operators in manipulating the equipment to come up with prototypes.