It is through the efforts of OICA Director and University Professor Archt. Danny Silvestre that three colleges from the University of the Philippines (and the Philippine Science High School) would be bestowed by 3D SINNOVATION and 3D STUFFMAKER one unit each of the Mega Prusa 3D Printing Kit. Utilizing PLA (PolyLactic Acid) extrusions – stereolitographs (STL) are made into being through a little bit of patience and a lot of stability.
Last Wednesday, (Sept 22) a seminar was held at the UP College of Architecture for all the recipients and their representatives to get to experience first hand the 3D printer units.
Below we see Rob talking to the congregation about the advantages and differences between a variety of prototyping techniques and printing processes. This was during the first part of the workshop before we actually got to see the pre-assembled kits.
In no time at all, people were firing up the CAD programs and generating simple models with the objective of having them printed out. Room 104A and B was instantly turned into a workshop with three units from the company – a MegaPrusa and two Evolution IIs. All of the models of the participants had their turn at the machines making believers out of first time users.
I had attempted to print a form with moderate complexity- tapering and with a cavity – which eventually did get printed out albeit erroneous at beyond 40% of the structure. The resultant was almost like an unfurled, native, gray woven basket that had its own appeal in a way but was really really good at illustrating what not to do and/or how to spot possible problem areas with the final output. The container model that was around 6cm high took nearly 40 minutes to finish at draft mode.
It was when the protruding lip started when the printer had attempted to run through the slice and ended up dispersing material into thin air without any form of support resulting in the above. As I had been told, an automatic ‘support’ generation was possible when the model has exceeds pre-defined limits.
The event was very educational as each of the workshop paticipants learned what it took to actually print something out. 3D printing certainly has its own learning curve, much more so when you yourself have to build and calibrate the printer through instructions. Found below are the just arrived packages which by now have been distributed to the recipients:
Kolin Philippines is the official distributor of 3D Stuffmaker kits locally. President and CEO Mr Tom Tseng gave closing remarks and an unbelievable deal to all the participants during that day.
With the commercialization of this technology it is the aim of Tom to provide access to as many groups and individuals with genuine interest in 3D printing in the Philippines. With Kolin’s extensive network they are able to respond to possible orders from the entire archipelago and it is in their future plan to create a network of like minded users to share ideas and improve on the application of the product.
Visit www.kolinphil.com.ph to get in touch with them for pricing and availability.