The Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) launched and inaugurated the country’s first world-class additive manufacturing hub on Monday, June 14.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center or AMCen is the agency’s top-of-the-line advanced manufacturing facility and state-of-the-art prototyping laboratory aimed at increasing the technological readiness, business sophistication, and innovative capacity of the country’s manufacturing sector, the DOST said.
“The DOST’s long-term vision is to be the provider of world-class scientific, technological, and innovative solutions that will lead to higher productivity and better quality of life, benefiting the Filipino people,” a DOST official said.
The construction of AMCen was given a total budget of US$10 million, including the Materials Development Laboratory of the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI).
The DOST chief cited the crucial role of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in achieving DOST’s vision to increase the country’s competitiveness “as we seek to join other global players in partaking of opportunities brought about by the fourth industrial revolution or more commonly known as Industry 4.0.”
AMCen is expected to offer industrial design and development and rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping has been defined as the fast fabrication of a physical part, model, or assembly using 3D computer-aided design (CAD).
The creation of the part, model, or assembly is usually completed using additive manufacturing, or more commonly known as 3D printing.
The Philippines is expected to develop sophisticated products and technologies in the fields of aerospace, defense, health and medical services, biotechnology, automotive, electronics, and semi-conductors through AMCen.