By Estrella Z. Gallardo
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) inaugurated the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) Additive Manufucturing Research University at the Science Building, BPSU Main Campus at the Capital Site, Balanga City, Bataan on March 14, 2019.
The opening of AMREL Coincided with official turnover of the Automated Guidway Transit (AGT) to BPSU.
AMREL was made possible through the support of DOST-PCIEERD under its Insfrastructure Developmen Program Transit (AGT) to BPSU.
BPSU AMREL is envisioned to be the Regional Center for developing new Materials and Technologies related to 3D Printing. The Laboratory will serve as a facility for the BPSU community to do research share and create their ideas, essentially serving as a playground for generating new products and world-class research projects.
This facility also aims to educate the community. The laboratory will also work hand is hand with the industry, Business Community, LGUs, and variuos government and non-government institutions.
The Research Laboratory will be composed of the following sections:
- ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING RESERACH LABORATORY (AMREL) SECTION – initially, the research will focus on the characterization of commercially-available materials for 3d printing applications, as well as in applications related to rapid tooling, rapid manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Eventually, new materials for 3d printing applications will also be developed. The laboratory will consist of the folowing:
- Wet Lab for the formulation of new materials;
- Characterization Laboratory where parts will be tested
- Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing (RP/RT/RM) Lab where polymer parts will be produced via 3d printing, injection molding, filament/pellet production, etc.
- ACADEMIC MAKERSPACE (MAKERLAB) – This makerspace will be a place for students to make, learn, explore and share ideas using diverse technologies (from no tech to high tech). Initially, this will be a space students can useto develop and fabricate their course projects (also for thesis and research projects). It is the intention that, in the future, this facility will be made available to the public, i.e. entreprenuers, kids, adults, tech enthusiasts, etc.
– high Tech equipment to be installed may include : 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, etc.
– Low Tech tools could include soldering irons, sewing machines, woodworking tools, hand tools electronics, etc.
– No tech materials/tools may include cardboard, legos, art supplies, etc.
- COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING, AND COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING (CAD/CAM/CAE) SECTION – this will be a facility intended for Advanced Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. This can be done by using high-end computers and soft wares to design and analyze materials, systems and structures.
* I.T. and Engineering faculty and students will be able to use the computers and sofwares for their research projects.
With these composition, AMREL can do the following:
- Develop new polymer materials for Industrial applications. (Advanced Materials)
- Provide a facility to characterize/test materials for the academe and industry. (Applied Mechanics)
- Provide a venue where faculty and students can share and create their ideas. (Academic Makerspace)
- Provide a facility for rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and rapid manufacturing research. Develop new technologies in producing and using plastic materials, (Advanced Manufacturing).
- Provide a facility for training, education and empowerment. (Advancing Manpower)
- Provide a facility to design and analyze parts and systems. (Advanced Modelling)
Present in the inauguration were Dr. Maria Fe V. Roman, Campus Director who welcomed guests and participants; Dr. Gregorio J. Rodis, President, BPSU who delivered the opening remarks; Prof. John Reyes C. Dizon, Project Leader AMREL; Prof. Regoberto C. Advincula, CWRU Professor and DOST-MIRDC Auomated Guideway Transit (AGT) and many others.
In the afternoon of March 14, 2019 the official turnover of Automated Guideway Transit took place.
Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development, DOST talked about the DOST’s Science for Change Program.
Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, Congressman, 2nd District of Bataan greeted guests and participants while Dr. Emmanuel C. Macaraeg, Vice President for Academic Affairs, BPSU ended the ceremony with his closing words after the joyful keynote message of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena. (MegaManila Science Journalists)