DTI, BatStateU launch LIKHA-FabLab

Project Engineer Louie Villaverde welcomes guests and officials as the program commences

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Batangas State University launched the LIKHA-FabLab (Labspace for Innovation Knowledge Honing and Application Fabrication Laboratory), on December 27 at BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main II, Batangas City.

With Php 12 million worth of facilities and equipment, the FabLab is set to function for digital designs, 3D printing, laser engraving/cutting, CNC wood router, vacuum formatting, large format printing and CNC metal milling. This shall accommodate university students (mostly in the fields of engineering) and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

BatStateU President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo said that the FabLab would further inspire and motivate students since they will have opportunities to ideate, design products and afterwards see the whole picture of what they have created using 3D printers. He also mentioned that he is grateful for DTI’s commitment and support to BatStateU.

According to DTI Region IV-A Director Marilou Toledo, the agency granted the funds under the Shared Service Facility for MSMEs in collaboration with state universities and colleges. She stressed the essence of using technology to develop products, innovate and achieve maximum production.

Aside from LIKHA-FabLab, DTI has already launched Antipolo Institute of Technology’s first Innovation Design Engineering and Art Fabrication Laboratory (IDEA FabLab) in Rizal and University of the Philippines- Los Baños’ Start-up Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkages (SIBOL) in Laguna.