June 20, 2024

The first and largest 3D-printed monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal will be built to commemorate the national hero’s 125th year of martyrdom on Dec. 30.

The 3D-printed monument showcases the printing capability of the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) of the Department of Science and Technology and displays its capability in creating complex and big structures using additive manufacturing technology.

The project will highlight and promote available high-end technology of AMCen that will produce Rizal’s 12.5-feet 3D-printed statue as an icon of Rizal as a Filipino scientist.

Made by Prof. Manuel Sicat of the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts, the monument is made of acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA), with reinforced steel inside that can withstand winds of 330kph and a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

The material used is also known for its high-quality mechanical properties that can resist strong impact and high temperature as well as ultraviolet.

The initiative to create a 3D Rizal monument is also anchored on the desire of the DOST to pursue the development and innovation of additive manufacturing technology, production, processes, and materials in the country.

With the project, the DOST along with its collaborating proponent, the Metals Industry Research and Development Center, seeks to encourage local enterprises to team up with them to explore and adopt additive manufacturing technology to improve production processes attuned to the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

AMCen’s capacities such as 3D scanning, printing, modeling, and design optimization, virtual warehousing, and remanufacturing pitched to make a design more diverse and improved as it aims to be the premier hub for developing the next generation of manufacturing engineering poised to revolutionize production processes of different industries.

The unveiling of the monument will be on Dec. 30, following the celebration at the Rizal Monument, Rizal Park, Manila. The event will be live-streamed via the DOST FB page. – Press release