Digital fabrication showcased in BU and DTI's FABFEST 3

Thursday November 7,2019

The Bicol University College of Industrial Technology(BUCIT), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Bicol Regional Office, spearhead this year’s “FABFEST 3: 3rd Philippine FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory) Conference and Exhibit”, which began this November 06 at Casablanca Convention Center in Legazpi City.

Focused on the theme "FabLabs for Green Philippines", this event, which will run from November 06 to 07, comprises presentations, plenary sessions, design challenge, workshops and a tour. The gathering is an annual event and, as implied by the activity’s theme, this year’s FABFEST looks to introduce more efficient and environmental-friendly industries through digital fabrication.

This two-day event was participated by representatives and exhibitors from fabrication laboratories across the Philippines, including the FabLab in BU which is the only one in the Albay province and one of two in the entire Bicol region. It was also attended by people from various public and private sectors, including educators, students, and business persons, who are interested in learning the benefits of digital fabrication.

Representing the conference’s sponsor institutions, Bicol University’s Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) Atty. Joseph L. Bartolata and DTI-RO5’s Assistant Regional Director Mr. Rodrigo M. Aguilar both delivered their welcome messages during the opening program, in behalf of BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and DTI-RO5 Regional Director Ms. Jocelyn LB. Blanco. The opening program was soon followed by plenary sessions.

The conference also featured products and production demonstrations of items created through digital fabrication, which was done by the participating FabLab managers and representatives.

“Its (FabFest) tagline is ‘Make Anything’, which means things you can imagine and put into the computer can be produced. But, unlike commonly known printers which only produce paper print-outs, we can now produce the actual product “stated BUCIT Dean Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco, as he explains the concept of digital fabrication. However, the FabLab managers also recognize the fact that digital fabrication is a fairly new concept in the Philippines and very few are aware of what it is.

Thus, as explained by Dr. Arroco, it is also the aim of the conference reinforce the introduction of digital fabrication in the mainstream Filipino mindset in order to innovate industries within the country.