Additive Manufacturing at Mapua’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering steps up with Dr. Rigoberto Advincula’s visit

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a manufacturing process in which a digital model is turned into a solid three-dimensional physical object by adding material layer by layer. The Philippine government has identified this as one of the game-changing technologies for the future of industries in the world and is now gearing up for the establishment of the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMCen) at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under a Php 500-million DOST Grants-in-Aid (GIA) funding.

The program consists two projects, namely, the Development of Multiple Materials Platform for Additive Manufacturing (MATDEV) and Research on Advanced Prototyping and Product Innovation and Development using Additive Manufacturing Technologies (RAPPID-ADMATEC), led by Dr. Blessie A. Basilia, chief of the Materials Science Division (MSD) of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), as the program leader and Dr. Rigoberto C. Advincula, professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Macromolecular Science in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Research and Development Leader, Science and Technology Consultant, and chair of the steering committee.

The program started on January 3, 2019, and Mapúa University was the first university he visited in the Philippines to spread the news with Mapúa’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) hosting his visit.

To head start the activities for DOST-GIA’s Advanced Additive Manufacturing Research and Development Program, Dr. Advincula visited the Philippines through the Visiting Expert Program (VEP) of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). VEP is open to institutions needing faculty and experts from another institution which possesses the required expertise.

Last January 8, Dr. Advincula conducted a seminar in Mapúa where he discussed the overview of AM, the career and research opportunities in it, highlighting his laboratory’s contributions in terms of research and application, and the announcement and promotion of the AMCen and project in the country. He also conducted an ocular of Mapúa’s capabilities on additive manufacturing. He was impressed that the University had already invested on AM technologies and had given suggestions on how the students can further benefit from the available facilities based on their success in the United States.

Mapúa, through SMME, is aligned and on-board with these recent developments in AM.

In photo: Dr. Rigoberto Advincula conducting a seminar at Mapúa University on January 8, 2019, on the establishment of the Additive Manufacturing Center in the Philippines