National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech) founded the first “Woodworking Industrial Base” in Taiwan to cultivate innovative talents for traditional woodworking industry. With MOE subsidy and through collaboration with partner universities such as Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Tungana University, St. John's University, HungKuo Delin University of Technology, and Vanung University, Taipei Tech built the first fully automatic woodworking production line inside the base and is ready to innovate traditional woodworking with modern technologies.
Vice President Lai Ching-te, who attended the opening ceremony of the base, indicated that President Tsai Ing-wen’s office desk was specifically designed and manufactured by the Industrial Design Department of Taipei Tech years ago with traditional joining technique and 438 pieces of mortises. “Taipei Tech is one of the model universities that facilitate industry and academia collaboration,” said Vice President Lai. “Taipei Tech has been collaborating with TWUCM, Taiwan’s renowned furniture manufacturing company, to integrate students’ creativity with the market and industrial needs”. Lai also mentioned Taipei Tech will be collaborating with FULY Construction Corporation and the Taiwan Forest Bureau. Together they will set up a design center, located at Taijian National Park, specifically for design cooperation and product development of domestically-made wood.
Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung indicated that the Ministry of Education provides the subsidy for Taipei Tech to build the first Woodworking Industrial Base that incorporates automatic production line. It is also the first interdisciplinary educational site that combines design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and management. He believes that Taipei Tech will continue to cultivate talents for Taiwan's woodworking industry and promote practicality for vocational and technological education.
Taipei Tech President Wang Sea-fue said that AR technology is efficiently utilized to construct the teaching system of the base: The materials are transported by Auto Guided Vehicle (AGV), and then the materials will be picked and placed by the robotic arms. After processing by 5 axis CNC machining, the semi-finished product will then be delivered to the robotic arm again by the AGV to complete the grinding process.
Wang further indicated that this achievement is a group effort. The College of Design is responsible for the design and manufacture of the product and the interactive animation, the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering is in charge of the integration and the driving of the machines, and the College of Management coordinate the production line for orders and shipment arrangements. The base served as a paradigm for fully automated wood processing, and the manufacturing team will conduct future research and development based on the technical need of the overseas Taiwanese OEM industry.
When Taipei Tech was founded in 1912, the woodworking department was one of the original departments, and the institute was the first in offering professional woodworking training in Taiwan. In 2013, Taipei Tech established a woodworking center, and later in 2015, Taipei Tech launched the first “Vocational Training Program of Furniture Carpentry”. In 2018, Taipei Tech Wood School (W School) brought its woodworking exhibition to the Twin Oaks estate in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Taiwan’s National Day. Taipei Tech had also collaborated with National Taiwan University to open a woodcraft course, which was the first model of woodworking educational cooperation between TVE and the higher education system.