Industry 4.0 has brought significant changes to world technology development. This includes 3D printer which is a key in the modern world especially in aspect of physical layer, Advanced Robotic and Augmented/Virtual Reality.
Faculty of Engineering UGM had started research in 3D Printer development since 2014 as initiated by lecturer Dr. Eng. Herianto, S.T., M.Eng. Collaborating with students and alumni of UGM, he developed 3D Printer as one of UGM pioneer research.
Heri said initially he bought imported 3DPrinter which he examined and analysed. “This resulted in our own 3D early prototype,” the Mechanical Engineering and Industry lecturer said on Tuesday (26/2).
He developed several types such as cartesian, delta and scara. “They’re different in terms of mechanic construction and kinematics. We tried to develop what’s necessary,” he said,
The research has finally come to the production stage. Now the printer developed by Heri and team is used by several universities, academy, polytechnic, vocational schools, and SMEs. “We’re trying to make as many as 1000 machines each year,” he said.
According to Heri, the next target was for the product called as HALTech (Home As Laboratory Technology) to be used at homes.
“The concept of HALTech is to make a lab in each home. Essentially, the home can be a source of inspiration of technology and science,” he said.
Heri hoped the research would be supported by the government. In 2018, he was asked by Vocational School Training Directorate to train 50 schools in the country. This year he hopes to be supported by Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Industry, and Ministry of Manpower for the product to enter the market.
“Through 3D Printer, we want to show that this is the product of Indonesian people which will be used for the interest and progress of the country. Hopefully that can make UGM recognised as Indonesia’s top 3D printer maker, moreover to be recognised globally,” he said.