Autodesk signs MoU with MIMOS Berhad to promote 3D design in Malaysia –

3D printing and software company Autodesk certainly wears many hats: virtual reality innovator, slicing parameter expert, impactful investor, helpful volunteer… the list goes on. Today they begin a new journey, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MIMOS Berhad, to promote 3D design technologies and talents across Malaysia. Autodesk and MIMOS, Malaysia’s national research and development agency, will work together to champion and advance the adoption of 3D design and additive manufacturing technologies, as well as establish 3D printing facilities across the country.

The project is funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI); MIMOS is one of their strategic agencies. Funding comes from MOSTI’s Social Innovation Fund (MSI), which falls under the ministry’s pre-commercialization fund. It is used to help communities translate knowledge and ideas into viable products or services that help improve people’s quality of life. This includes rolling out ‘3D Smart Maker Labs’ across Malaysia’s five economic growth corridors.

MIMOS Managing Director, Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, said: “MIMOS is committed to training young people in creativity and innovation. The 3D Smart Maker will be an exciting new program at PERDA-TECH’s Center for Advanced Skills (COAS), which I believe offers short courses aimed at high school graduates and even those who already have a Malaysian skills certificate. (SKM), a diploma or a bachelor’s degree. degree, as well as those who are already in the industry and want to upgrade to increase their income.


Dato’ Dr. Mohd Azhar Yahaya, Secretary General of MOSTI looking at the 3D model of a drone produced at the Advanced Technical Institute PERDA, shown by the Senior Director of MIMOS, Mohamed Fauzi Yahaya. Wan Azli Wan Ismail, Managing Director of MIMOS Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd. [Image: Business Circle]

He thanked MOSTI and its team of award-winning professionals ready to share their knowledge in 3D design and engineering, for its commitment to adopt this important approach of using emerging technologies and innovation to meet the real needs of the community. He went on to stress that the collaboration between MIMOS and Autodesk would spearhead the development of much-needed skilled human capital in economic corridors.

mimos-seatAutodesk Fusion 360 cloud-based software will be used and taught in all 3D Smart Maker labs. It brings together computer-aided design, engineering, and manufacturing (CAD, CAE, and CAM) in a unique way and is available for Mac, PC, and mobile devices. Fusion 360 is an integrated, accessible connection tool that was designed for all the new and myriad ways products are designed and manufactured today. The first laboratory, managed by PERDA Advanced Technical Institute (PERDA-TECH), had its official opening today in the city of Penang.

fusion-360-logo31“Additive manufacturing is having a profound impact on how manufacturers of all sizes think about product design, production, distribution and selling economics,” said Rama Tiwari, regional sales manager, Autodesk ASEAN. “Our collaboration with MIMOS will expand access to these advanced manufacturing tools and techniques and support government efforts to train digital manufacturing talent.”

The memorandum of understanding between Autodesk and MIMOS highlights a combined effort by the two to promote research and development in the ever-changing and evolving fields of engineering design and rapid prototyping technologies. MIMOS and Autodesk will set up incubation labs that will support startups and small and medium enterprises. The labs will teach these companies how to explore digital manufacturing processes, from 3D modeling to fabrication. Discuss it on the Autodesk Forum at

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