04 Reintroducing ManFabLab
Reintroducing ManFabLab: PSTC-CamSur, BISCAST lead basic 3D modeling forum

May 14, 2021

The Department of Science and Technology Region V Provincial S&T Center (DOST-V PSTC) – Camarines Sur and the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) Manufacturing and Fabrication Laboratory (ManFabLab) organized the virtual forum-webinar “Intro to FabLab: Demo on Basic 3D Modeling” on 14 May 2021. It aimed to impart knowledge on the basic concepts of 3D modeling and 3D printing and re-orient the public on fabrication laboratories.

Ron Christian Cagula, BISCAST FabLab Manager and forum’s resource speaker described that FabLab or digital fabrication laboratory “is a place to play, create, mentor and invent; a place for learning and innovation”. Like all other Fab Labs across the country and the world, the BISCAST ManFabLab provides access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make almost anything.

It intends to be the leading center for ideas, innovation and invention in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Complementing the already competitive skills and competence of manpower and industries in the city, the ManFabLab reaches out its assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and researchers from nearby academic institutions.

One hundred two (102) individuals participated in the online activity, from schools, universities and colleges both local and abroad, and representatives from local enterprises. The discussion highlighted tutorials on softwares that can be used for 3D modeling and designing such as SketchUp and Ultimaker Cura. Services offered by the ManFabLab include 3D printing, laser cutting and engraving, digital embroidery and computer numerical control (CNC) milling.

The BISCAST ManFabLab is a collaborative project between DOST-V through PSTC-Camarines Sur and the state college. It serves as an incubation zone for creative ideas of MSMEs and other industry collaborators to create opportunities and expand growth. (PNFelizmenio/ JCBarrameda, PSTC-Camarines Sur)