INTEC inaugurates Domotics and MakerSpace laboratories
Both spaces will serve the creation and assembly of prototypes, equipped with high-tech equipment, and are attached to the Engineering Area of the university
SANTO DOMINGO. - El Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) inaugurated the MakerSpace and Home Automation laboratories, both assigned to their Engineering Area, and equipped with high-tech equipment for the manufacture and assembly of prototypes and practices in the areas of programming, mechatronics, electronics and electricity.
These new academic spaces were equipped with the support of the energy management company EATON, with an investment of more than six million pesos, and have cutting-edge machinery and tools for the use of the entire INTEC academic community.
The MakerSpace Laboratory is a space designed so that students can unleash their creativity and make prototypes, utility models, and projects, putting the product of their designs into practice. Meanwhile, the Home Automation Laboratory supports programming and configuration practices for lighting, security, and air conditioning systems. These spaces will mainly benefit the students of Mechatronics Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
The MakerSpace, which has been in operation since 2019, was of the utmost importance for the manufacture of the more than 300 AirINTEC mechanical fans, which was designed and assembled by students and university alumni to counteract the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local healthcare system. In this space, in conjunction with the Haas Technical Education Center laboratory, more than 8,000 protective visors were also produced to combat the virus.
"With the machinery installed, our students can carry out practices, tests, part prototypes, tin soldering, and quality verification of soldered parts," said José Melenciano, manager of the MakerSpace.
During the ceremony, Armando Barrios, Vice Chancellor for Research and Outreach, thanked the Eaton authorities for such a significant contribution to the development of the university. "The cutting-edge technological universities are directly connected to the productive sector and it is on this basis that science and technology effectively advance to make important contributions to the country and the world."
Barrios said that the laboratory equipment will be a starting point for INTEC students to receive quality education, not only the one they are used to, but with a step forward thanks to cutting-edge technology.
Ernesto Lebrón, Plant Manager for the Eaton Campus in Haina, valued the support of the communities surrounding his operation as highly important. "We applaud the university for its vision to create these important learning facilities for INTEC's talented students, and we are pleased to play a role in supporting the evolution of technical education in this region," he said.
He stressed that the laboratories are a way to support advanced and higher education in the area of technology, "These facilities benefit the community and employers like Eaton by helping to prepare students for technical careers," Lebrón said.
Latest technology equipment
Thanks to EATON's contribution, students have at their disposal a wide variety of equipment such as laser cutters, CNC milling machines, 3D printers, soldering stations, thermoformers, belt sanders, work tables and assorted hand tools. In the same way, they will be able to practice with the most modern sensors for the home on the market (for doors, windows, appliances, etc.), Google Home HUB, Eaton Whole Home Controller, Z-WAVE intelligent universal regulator, Z-WAVE wireless accessory switch. WAVE and others.
These two new laboratories are added to the other 42 that INTEC has, among which some are accredited and others certified, and with the capacity to provide services to companies and government entities.