Recognizing the lead of Ateneo de Naga University in the field of Computer Graphics and 3D Animation, Global 3D Systems Inc. (G3D), a company in the 3D printing industry, donated a 3D printer to the Department of Digital Arts and Computer Animation (DACA). This is part of G3D’s commitment to bring disruptive manufacturing solutions to the market. Through this donation, G3D hopes to help develop pipelines of future workforce talent to the additive manufacturing industry in the country while acquiring a better understanding of the trends and forces that will shape their business in the future and prepare for what’s to come next.
The donation, a T-1000 3D printer is G3D’s entry level 3D printer with high quality and speed that anyone from a home-user to a fabricator would swear by. Unlike most 3D printers available in the market today which use 3D filaments (special types of plastics called thermoplastics) – the most common of which are ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PLA (Polylactic Acid) – G3D’s T-1000 uses liquid resin and employs laser-based stereolithography (SLA) and digital light processing (DLP) printer technology. The donation also included seven (7) 1-L bottles of Photopolymer Resin and other printing accessories.
The innovative UV 3D printer: T-1000 was turned over to DACA Department by G3D’s Chief Financial Officer, Atty. Perfecto E. Mirador Jr. on 11 May 2018. The donation was made at DIA Lab 1 in the presence of Dr. Alfredo Fabay, Vice President for Higher Education; Dr. Marlinda Regondola, OIC Dean of the College of Computer Studies; Omar Aguilar, DACA Department Chairperson; as well as faculty members and students from the CS, DACA and Engineering Departments. During the turnover ceremony, a technical team from G3D composed of Bob Bismonte (Mechanical Designer), Donna Dimaculangan (3D Designer), Karen Sison (Graphic Artist) and Joshua Blanco (Printer Operator) showcased their printer, exhibited some 3D printed objects as well as supplies and accessories necessary for 3D printing. In the afternoon, the team conducted a training workshop for the DACA faculty and other 3D printing enthusiasts on the operation of the 3D printer.
The DACA Department and the University are grateful to G3D for the 3D printer donation. The donation will certainly help both faculty and students build skills in computer-aided design and additive manufacturing. The Department also thanks Dr. Lynette Mendoza, Director of the Institutional Testing Center, for linking DACA with G3D and for facilitating the donation.