3D Printing and the Youth

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Rotarian Arnel Andal and Dr. William Emmanuel Yu

Rotarians are known for excellence in their fields of interest and industry. The field of 3D-printing is no exception. The ability to fabricate complex parts should not be limited to big manufacturers. With the advent of commodity 3D-printing, we are seeing the democratization of this field. At the Rotary Club of Manila Bay, we felt this is one key area of digital transformation and that we should be creating opportunities for enablement. Spearheaded by services director Rotarian Arnel Andal, we have started this off by conducting a whole day seminar on 3D-printing on October 16 in Antipolo City.

This is not RCMB’s first foray into 3D-printing. Rotarian Arnel and Edzel Orense were commissioned by the Philippine General Hospital to create patient-use full face masks to help Covid-19 patients breathe better. The frame airflow adaptor was redesigned and 3D-printed. Last year, we also used a 3D-printed mouth airgap frame for our biker’s kits during our bicycle safety and awareness sessions. Edzel was the trainer for our whole day 3D printing and prototyping seminar.

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The seminar involved basic orientation about 3D printing, setup, modeling, and actual printing. Sixteen participants from Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City participated in the seminar. The audience were treated to a wide array of 3D-printed items from basic trinkets to an expensive titanium mesh globe.

Trainor Edzel Orense and Rotarian Arnel both discussed the intricacies and pitfalls of the business of 3D-printing. The potential market size and potential skillset upgrade were also discussed with emphasis on the fact that 3D-printing can be done at home. Hopefully, the insights provided the participants with enough knowledge and awareness to help them determine the feasibility and challenge of creating a business involving 3D Design and Printing.

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The full day training ended on a high note with RCMB donating a 3D-printing kit containing a 3D printer, 3D printing filaments and a spare parts kit to the Barangay San Jose officials led by Michael Magtoto, head of IT for the barangay. Hopefully, this allows further explorations around 3D-printing. LCP Joel Ferrer and his wife Rotary Anne Aimee Ferrer were there to hand over the donations. It was indeed a print-worthy day for RCMB.