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Ecuadorian students and professionals interested in applying digital manufacturing technologies, attended the first day of workshops on parametric design, 3D printing, digital carpentry, machine to machine (M2M), assembly of 3D printers and floating fab lab in FABLAT FEST 2015 in Yachay City.
The event was attended by the network of Fab Labs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru, with the support of the Fab Foundation, CBA-MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The aim of FABLAT FEST is to strengthen the bond with the community, businesses and institutions committed to the technological and social development at the national level.
Hector Rodriguez, CEO of Yachay Public Company, said that the City of Knowledge, through being part of a global network of 3D manufacturing laboratories, has been able to install the necessary machinery, which jointly with the technology-based business incubator, will become the perfect setting for small entrepreneurs to make a qualitative leap in their prototypes.
“Today a group of 20 people are trained, tomorrow 20 more people will be integrated into different workshops, and every month we hope to have a similar space for technology transfer, to enhance the knowledge of the participants,” said Rodriguez.
Marlon Valdivieso was in charge of the Parametric Design Workshop, who noted that during the three days approaches to parametric design, management and processes will be exhibited, which will help the participants to focus making an innovative design, allowing them to explore new results.
Claudia Valverde, specializing in Industrial Design for Architecture, said the day of workshops was interesting, because the tools used were innovative. “We have to put together a project here in our country, as the Ecuador and Latin America societies offer many possibilities for digital manufacturing, because we have an artisan culture, which had no problems with industrialization and now technology is approaching,” she added.
“These kinds of opportunities that Yachay provides, brings people closer to professionals who can give inputs for becoming part in improving the product matrix in the country in the future,,” said Alexis Dávila, Architecture student at the Catholic University of Ibarra (PUCE).
The 3D printing workshop began with a theoretical introduction, applications and practical implementation, where workshop leader, Andrés Sánchez, explained how a 3D object needs to be modeled in order to be exported and take part in the production process. “What you want with this program is to enhance the creative process, using techniques that the participants can use with ease and in turn activate their creativity and knowledge,” he said.
FABLAT FEST 2015 culminates on Saturday March 28th with the presentation of the final products from each workshop held over the three days. This Yachay Public Company initiative aims to transform the processes in teaching standards, production and distribution throughout the industry nationwide. (GM-SA / YACHAY-EP)