DOST launches PH’s first, world-class hub for additive manufacturing

Published June 15, 2021, 11:26 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) launched and inaugurated Monday, June 14, the country’s first, world-class hub for additive manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing Center (Photo from DOST)

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.

Virtual Tour of the DOST's Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen)

𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇: Immerse yourselves into this virtual tour at the newly-inaugurated Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) of the 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 (𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓)The AMCen houses world-class and cutting-edge 3D printing equipment and technologies dedicated to research and development of 𝐀𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 (𝐀𝐌). Some of the equipment are even exclusive to the facility and cannot be found elsewhere in the Philippines.Despite the global pandemic which started last March 2020, the construction of the facility never stopped. Against the odds and setbacks from intermittent restrictions, delays and slowdowns, our focus towards our goal to put up Philippines’ first additive manufacturing facility remain undeterred.All of these will not be possible without the unrelenting and concerted efforts of the 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 (𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓-𝐌𝐈𝐑𝐃𝐂) and the 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞 (𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓-𝐈𝐓𝐃𝐈) – the lead DOST agencies that implemented our Additive Manufacturing Program. Particularly, I would like to recognize the project leaders of AMCen, Engr. Fred P. Liza, and Dr. Blessie Basilia, who has recently retired, but now succeeded ably by Dr. Marianito Margarito, for making great strides. Their project teams, the 𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐈𝐃-𝐀𝐃𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐂 and the 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐃𝐄𝐕 team respectively, have pursued one project activity after another, even with the limiting landscape and challenging turn of events in the past year.I also would like to acknowledge the dedication of the MIRDC and ITDI Executive Directors, 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐫. 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐎. 𝐃𝐢𝐳𝐨𝐧 and the and 𝐃𝐫. 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐕. 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬. Equally commendable is Dr Rigoberto Advincula, the Balik Scientist who generously shared his knowledge and vision for this technology in the Philippines. We also give due gratitude to our valuable partners from the different sectors – 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐞, 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭-𝐮𝐩𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 for their enthusiasm, support and encouragement. Together, we are going beyond the conventional! 🙂 #dostPH#ScienceForThePeople

Posted by Fortunato de la Peña on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said AMCen aims to be the Center of Excellence and premier hub for additive manufacturing.

“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,” he said during the launch and inauguration of AMCen on Monday.

“By 2022, the DOST envisions to be a leading Science, Technology, and Innovation Hub in the ASEAN region. Building the AMCen is a crucial strategy in achieving this goal. Today, it will go down in the history of manufacturing in the country as landmark milestone.”

He 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.”

He described AM as the process of building an object layer-by-layer from a digital model.

“The inauguration of AMCen is just the beginning. The DOST will continue to support AMCen for the development of an AM experts pool, and for the expansion of its capabilities. In the near future, we will explore the applications of 3D printing in other fields, such as bio-printing for medical applications, and 3D printing of electronic components to support the semiconductor industry, among others,” De la Peña said.

“Soon, expect more trained engineers, scientists, and skilled technicians to achieve game-changing breakthroughs in innovative additive manufacturing technologies, products, processes, and materials.”

He expressed the department’s commitment to continuously engage with AM consultants, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and universities, in developing curricula and training materials at different levels of learning – from high school, to undergraduate, and graduate students.

“In parallel, we will open AmCen’s doors to enrich and reinforce those learning. We will also espouse policies that will accelerate adoption and proliferation of AM technologies amongst our people.”

AMCen is expected to offer industrial design and development and rapid prototyping.

De la Peña said under rapid prototyping, “design alterations can be done quickly and efficiently.”

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 DOST said.

“AMCen cuts the production time especially in the prototyping stage—which means more savings and we can now develop more complex designs at a shorter, more efficient way as additive manufacturing is better than the conventional subtractive manufacturing,” de la Peña said.

Through AMCen, the Philippines is expected to develop sophisticated products and technologies in the fields of aerospace, defense, health and medical services, biotechnology, automotive, and electronics and semi-conductors.