Botanical Gardens

On Sunday a group of us took a hike to the botanical gardens in the nearby Makiling forest reserve. Essentially a heavily forested area at the base of Mt Makiling, we trekked through the botanical gardens for about 2 hours. It was a relatively easy trek but was surprised how big the gardens actually were. The […]


Rice Mechanisation Outputs

As I’m here at IRRI doing a baseline study on 3D printing of spare parts for mechanisation I came up with an interesting idea a few months ago. How much yield loss can be associated with break downs and failures of mechanisation? Seeing as it’s IRRI, who are my host organisation, I decided to concentrate on rice mechanisation and rice yield losses. In […]


Puerto Galera

Another long weekend with the second of three national holidays here in the Philippines. This time it was a regional holiday, one for Laguna where IRRI is based. A trip was booked to go to Puerto Galera a beach resort about four hours away. A three hour drive by bus and one hour across the bay from Batangas to […]


Questionnaire and Data Collection

Late last week, a meeting was held with IRRI staff in the postharvest and mechanisation unit. Several talking points were raised that didn’t wholly relate to me but we spoke about some plans for my project work here. The plan is to speak to local workshops and get their views on the idea of 3D […]


Visit to Lake Taal

Just off the end of a long weekend here in the Philippines where the country celebrated its independence from Spain in 1898. Held on the 12th of June each year, parades and public events celebrate independence after this national day began in 1962. As a treat and of course being a long weekend, we left Los Banos […]


IRRI: Background

IRRI is the world’s premier research organisation set up to reduce poverty and hunger through rice science. IRRI is an independent, non profit, educational institute set up in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with government backing. The institute is headquartered in Los Banos, Philippines with 17 offices across Asia and Africa with 1,000 […]


IRRI: Orientation

Orientation was first on the agenda. ID card and a quick tour around the campus was given. I also met some of the staff at the Postharvest and Mechanization section where I would be based throughout the next 2 months. I was shown the office and the 3D printer that I’d be using. One of […]


Arrival at IRRI

On the 30th of May I finally left Ireland for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. After packing bags and organising final documentation the previous day I left my home at 12 noon. After a 3 hour bus ride and a 2 hour wait at Dublin airport the first leg to Abu Dhabi was […]


3D Printed Parts: Test 1

The parts that I successfully designed and printed were tested. The fitment of the nozzle was perfect. However the spout may have been too small for the water flow. Also there may have been an issue with a seal on the lance of the washer which could have affected performance! Water ended up everywhere, including me […]