UP NISMED Staff Visit AMCen and ADMaTeL

Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola, UP NISMED Director, led a 12-strong team of NISMED staff in an immersion tour of the facilities and laboratories of the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) and Advanced Device and Material Testing Laboratory (ADMaTeL) on 16-17 February 2022.

UP NISMED staff with the DOST AMCen engineers.

AMCen, a national facility in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science and Technology (S&T) Complex, houses various additive manufacturing equipment aimed at developing and testing new and advanced materials (polymer, ceramics, composites, metals) and designing prototype models. Additive manufacturing is commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. Also housed in the DOST S&T Complex is ADMaTeL, a national testing facility that provides advanced failure analysis and materials characterization services for semiconductors and electronics manufacturing industries.

The immersion tour provided the staff with firsthand experience of 3D printing and insights on how 3D printing could be integrated in STEM teaching and learning materials at the basic education level. Considered as the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, UP NISMED sees great potential in utilizing 3D printing as a tool in developing 21st century skills and in preparing learners for the jobs of the future.

NISMED staff listen intently as an engineer in the AMCen – Materials Development Laboratory
describes how the 3DEVO composer 450 mixes 3D-printing materials

Working towards this goal, a workshop aimed to develop an action plan for sustaining collaboration on the integration of materials sciences and 3D printing in early STEM education will be organized by UP NISMED in March 2022. The said workshop is in collaboration with DOST AMCen, Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, a DOST Balik Scientist and a Professor of Case Western Reserve University, and the Department of Education.