Nov. 29, 2016
Photo - Dato’ Dr. Mohd Azhar Yahaya, MOSTI Secretary General looking at 3D model of a drone produced at PERDA Advanced Technical Institute, shown by Senior Director of MIMOS, Mohamed Fauzi Yahaya. Looking on is Wan Azli Wan Ismail, General Manager of MIMOS Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd
Malaysia's applied research agency MIMOS has made another move to develop 3D design technologies and talent across the country with the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoU).
Under the MoU with design software provider Autodesk, a '3D Smart Maker Initiative' involve both partners working to promote the adoption of 3D design and additive manufacturing technologies, as well as establish 3D printing facilities nationwide.
MIMOS chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said the project includes the roll out of '3D Smart Maker Labs' in the five economic growth corridors of Malaysia.
The first 3D Smart Maker Lab, managed by PERDA Advanced Technical Institute (PERDA-TECH), has been officially opened today in Penang.
Abdul Wahab said the project, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)'s social innovation (MSI) fund, is under the ministry's Pre-Commercialisation Fund to support communities in "translating knowledge and ideas into products or services towards enhancing the people's quality of life."
"MIMOS is committed to training young people in creativity and innovation," he added. "The 3D Smart Maker will make for an exciting new programme at PERDA-TECH's Centre of Advanced Skills (COAS), which I understand offers short courses targeted at secondary school leavers and even those who already have Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM), diploma or Bachelor's degree, as well as those already in the industry and wanting to upskill to increase their income."
Skilled human capital
In addition, Abdul Wahab said that MIMOS has a team of "award-winning professionals ready impart their knowledge and experience, particularly on design and engineering using 3D-modelling concepts. The collaboration between MIMOS and Autodesk would spearhead the development of skilled human capital much needed in the economic corridors."
Rama Tiwari, regional director of sales, Autodesk ASEAN, said its Autodesk Fusion 360 software will be used and taught at all 3D Smart Maker Labs as it "brings together computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing (CAD, CAE and CAM). Available for Mac, PC or mobile, Fusion 360 is an integrated, connected, and accessible tool built for the new ways products are being designed and made."
"Additive manufacturing is having a profound impact on how manufacturers of all sizes look at product design, production, distribution and economies of scale," said Tiwari.
"Our collaboration with MIMOS will broaden access to such cutting-edge manufacturing tools and techniques, and support the government's efforts to groom digital manufacturing talent," he said, adding that the partnership signalled a joint effort to promote research and development in the field of engineering design and rapid prototyping technologies.
MIMOS and Autodesk will establish incubation labs to support and advise startups and small medium enterprises on how to explore digital manufacturing processes, from 3D modelling to fabrication.