De La Salle University – Dasmariñas hosts first Cavite Fab Lab for Filipino enterprises

De La Salle University Cavite Fab Lab
Samples of fab lab output. DTI Cavite photo.

De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) is hosting the first-ever Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) in Cavite for Filipino Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

DLSU-D and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) established the Cavite Fab Lab to enable the transformation of digital designs into solid prototypes and continuously improve the competitiveness of MSMEs in Cavite and the entire CALABARZON region.

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The Cavite Fab Lab funded with Php 24 million under the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Program was given a soft launch on December 21, 2021, at the DLSU-D College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Center of Innovation (CCOI), New CEAT Building where the Innovation Laboratory is located.

The DLSU-D CCOI is a startup project set up to provide a space to work, mentoring, training, and other benefits to help industry partners and partner communities to solve problems associated with the launching of startup projects.

The DLSU-D COOI Fab Lab. DTI Cavite photo.

Included in the services of the Cavite Fab Lab SSF are:

  • metal and carbon fiber printing
  • large-scale Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling
  • laser cutting, engraving, and scanning
  • three-dimensional (3D) modeling and design software

The launch was attended by DTI officers including RD Marilou Q. Toledo, ARD Marissa C. Argente, and Provincial Directors of DTI R4A, and DLSU-D officials including Br. Augustine Boquer and Br. Francisco De La Rosa of DLSU-D. Also in attendance were VM Rex R. Mangubat of the City of Dasmariñas and Atty. Khervy B. Reyes of the Provincial Government of Cavite.

Fab Labs have been at the forefront of immediate solutions for personal protective equipment during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Philippines, notably, 3D-printed face shields and teachers’ gadgets.

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