May 15, 2015


By Chua Sue-Ann and Jennifer Jacob Feb, 16th 2015 / in:

When Louis Ooi first got his hands on a 3D (three dimensional) printer, he didn’t do what most people would do, which was to immediately print physical objects.
Never mind that this is what 3D printers are supposed to do: print layers upon layers of material to create three-dimensional objects, something that conventional two-dimensional printers can’t do.
Instead, what he did was to promptly take the printer apart to find out precisely how it works and what parts go into it.
Before long, he was building his own 3D printers from scratch, ordering parts to put together a machine that worked as well as commercially available machines.
Ooi is one of the lucky few who have access to such machines and tools because he is part of the Penang Science Cluster (PSC) initiative to spark more interest in science, technology and innovation among the youth.
PSC is a Penang government- funded and industry-supported non-profit initiative that runs various programmes with schools and the youth.
Ooi is one of the technical leads at PSC’s centre — the Penang Science Café at Krystal Point Corporate Park in Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Penang Science Café is an open space for young people to hang out, learn, work on ideas and try their hand at all things tech — from robotics, coding and quadcopters to 3D printing and embedded systems.