3D printing has been proliferating in countries around the globe, such as India, which has been prolific in using this progressive technology to contribute. We have followed the medical realm as surgeons in India embrace 3D printing, watched as those in the construction industry make their mark, and learned about researchers and medical professionals creating 3D printed titanium vertebrae, 3D printed knee cartilage, and even a 3D printed ear that grows inside the body.
3D printing continues to heat up around the world though, thanks to the involvement of so many professors, students, and university funding. The latest comes from India, via Jaipur’s Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was released between BDSU and 3D printer startup Aha3D Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Students will benefit as they are exposed to 3D printing technology in the lab environment, as well as understanding the future impact it can have in India—especially for the younger generations.
“The Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU) works on a unique concept of building dual system of skills education (Swiss Dual System) where major focus remains on practical industrial training along with theory,” said Mr. Jayant Joshi, President Trustee of BSDU. “The objective of bringing in the dual system of education is to make students ‘job ready’ unlike the conventional education system. While we are committed in our vision and mission of skill development, MoUs with industrial partners will strengthen such contribution of BSDU to the Skill India Initiative.”
As this new partnership develops, Aha3D will begin by establishing a 3D printing lab for BSDU students. There, they will not only be learning how to use 3D printers but will be making them in the first part of the project. The MOU states that in the second part, the students will be producing 3D printers in a range of different models that appeal to the consumer market within India. Phase three will include the completion of a research and development center for 3D printing on campus.While the market in India is still relatively small in comparison to the rest of the world, 3D printing there still has strong potential for disrupting industry as they know it.
“As per a market intelligence solution firm, 6Wresearch; Indian 3D Prototyping & Materials market is projected to reach over $62 Million by 2022,” stated Mr. Akash, founder of Aha3D. “Our endeavor in nurturing talent at BSDU will be utilized to serve the upcoming market demand of 3D printing nationally and globally.”
As the project continues, the university and Aha3D also have the great ambition of creating the largest 3D printer in India, featuring a build volume of 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 m.
“At BSDU, we provide best of the training with a concept of ‘one student on one machine.’ Depending on industrial requirements, we create talent pool of students under our Bachelor of Vocational program. This emphasizes on offering a curriculum that is flexible and not stringent like the way in the conventional education system,” stated Dr. Surjit S. Pabla, President of BSDU. “Every trainee is offered a chance to continue the program once they have enrolled; without having the fear of losing the number of years of and even continuing their industrial projects or jobs in case they receive an offer.”
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