New DOST lab in Laguna offers workshops in 3D design software

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The Department of Science and Technology?s (DOST) Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Laguna inaugurated last month its Ideation, Design, and Development Laboratory (IDD) to cater to entrepreneurs and students in the province

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The laboratory is PSTC Laguna?s main facility, which is located within the sprawling campus of the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) in San Pablo City.

Offering services in product development, design, and prototyping, the IDD aims to become a creative hub for entrepreneurs, independent designers, and students alike where ideas and innovations are grown and given a chance to concretize with the aid of cutting-edge technologies.

Promising projects by students, in particular, will be evaluated and tested in the center for commercialization potentials.

The IDD is shoring up its services by offering workshops in 3D CAD Design Software (Solid Edge Design Software) to DOST personnel, students, and faculty members within and outside LSPU.

According to PSTC Laguna provincial director Samuel L. Caperi?a, availing these services translates to several benefits for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) such as increased sales, increased earnings, reduced cost and wastes, greater efficiency, and less energy.

?Design and innovation is a challenge not just in the private sector but also in the academic community,? said DOST IV-A regional director Alexander R. Madrigal during the inauguration held on the occasion ofDOST IV-A?s 51st anniversary.

?It?s about time we catch up [with other countries] and start providing these ideation services to industries,? he stated, citing the case of Singapore where innovation is vibrant thus allowing its industries to be globally competitive.

Madrigal added that in other countries, research and development activities are mostly lodged in academic institutions, hence they decided to build the center inside LSPU.

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