Pilot project for teaching 3D printing in rural Indian schools launched by Mahindra Group

The Mahindra Group, one of India’s largest multinational conglomerate holding companies, has just launched its newest pilot project: a specialized 3D printing program for semi-urban and rural schools in India.

Mahindra will donate 3D printers to the schools, beginning with the B.M. Pawar School in Chakan, as part of a comprehensive training program that educates teachers and students in the many applications of additive manufacturing technology.

We see 3D printing as the future of technology and a potent tool to help bridge the tech divide between urban and rural India. Through this project, we seek to inspire young minds to think creatively and open up a whole world of possibilities for themselves and their community,” said Mahindra Group President (IT Sector) and Chief Technology Officer Ulhas Yargop. “While this is still a proof of concept, we hope it will ultimately reach more schools and offer potential employment opportunities in design and prototyping.”

Currently two teachers from the B.M. Pawar School have been trained in 3D printing tech, who will then teach Std. XI students (ages 15-18) as part of a three-month certified course. The program seeks to enable students to gain proficiency in 3D printing, including both the design process and ideation.

Students will also be encouraged to create prototypes of their ideas, as part of developing an overall mindset towards design, innovation, and computational thinking. The program will culminate in a design challenge where students can showcase their work.

Guest faculty will also feature strongly in the student training, including Dr. S. Venugopal of Mahindra Research Valley and professors from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the National Institute of Design. According to a press release, this initiative aims to culminate in “the creation of an eco-system which will enable experimentation and creativity while providing the students with the basic skills required to use this technology to its full potential.”

Although much 3D printing development comes out of Europe and North America, The Mahindra Group is keen to bring these advantages to India, as “developing economies can also harness the potential of this affordable and possibly life-saving technology to help them leapfrog highly capital intensive manufacturing.”

Mahindra’s rural education initiative comes as part of India’s ballooning involvement in the additive manufacturing industry. This summer it was reported that India’s 3D printing prototyping and materials market is expected to reach $62 million by the year 2022. As the logical next step, increased investment in 3D printing education resources will prove key to that economic growth. If successful, initiatives like Mahindra’s pilot program may continue to grow.

New method to 3D print building blocks of life

Scientists have developed a new 3D printing method capable of producing highly uniform blocks of embryonic stem cells, which could be used as the ‘Lego bricks’ to build larger structures of tissues, and potentially even micro-organs.

These cells are capable of generating all cell types in the body, the researchers said.

“It was really exciting to see that we could grow embryoid body in such a controlled manner,” said lead author Wei Sun, from Drexel University in US.
“The grown embryoid body is uniform and homogenous, and serves as a much better starting point for further tissue growth,” Sun said.
The researchers used extrusion-based 3D printing to produce a grid-like 3D structure to grow embryoid body that demonstrated cell viability and rapid self-renewal for seven days while maintaining high pluripotentcy.
“Two other common methods of printing these cells are either two-dimensional (in a petri dish) or via the ‘suspension’ method (where a ‘stalagmite’ of cells is built up by material being dropped via gravity),” said Sun.
“However, these don’t show the same cell uniformity and homogenous proliferation,” Sun said.
“I think that we’ve produced a 3D microenvironment which is much more like that found in vivo for growing embryoid body, which explains the higher levels of cell proliferation,” he said.The researchers hope that this technique can be developed to produce embryoid body at a high throughput, providing the basic building blocks for other researchers to perform experiments on tissue regeneration and/or for drug screening studies. “Our next step is to find out more about how we can vary the size of the embryoid body by changing the printing and structural parameters, and how varying the embryoid body size leads to “manufacture” of different cell types,” said Rui Yao, from Tsinghua University in China.

“In the longer term, we’d like to produce controlled heterogeneous embryonic bodies,” said Sun.

“This would promote different cell types developing next to each other – which would lead the way for growing micro-organs from scratch within the lab,” he added.

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

In the last couple of years, we have heard a lot about endless possibilities of what 3D printing has actually to offer. From custom-designed shoes to prescription drugs to match your DNA, the future seems to be knocking right at our doors now.

We got a glimpse of the same at the recent Autodesk University event. The most promising breakthroughs are currently happening in the field of medicine and healthcare. Only recently, we heard about a new 3D printed pill that can control epileptic seizures; it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and we have also been hearing how this technology can help treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Even Autodesk is quite excited about the possibilities that exist in the bio-nano technology sphere. In the past, we have been hearing about 3D organ printing and we are just about scratched the surface in this sphere. However, if we could have virus-fighting medicines that are custom made to match our DNA, then the implications of the same could be huge. What we are necessarily getting at is that the drug made using our DNA, and will be looking at affecting only the affected cells and not impact the healthy cells in any way.

While speaking to Gizmodo India, Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice-President of the IPG Product group Autodesk that he is almost as excited and intrigued at the potential that exists in the health and medical sphere.

Hanspal says, “This will be a very targeted approach and we are still in the stages of early exploration as far as things go.”

Two Indian doctors Doctors use 3D printing to help in surgical planning to correct orbital hypertelorism

The use of 3D printing as an aid for surgical procedures has exploded worldwide.

Dr. Sathish Vasishta, a craniomaxillofacial surgeon, and Dr. Derick Mendonca, a plastic surgeon, of the Sakra Hospital in Bangalore, India, used a 3D printed model for a surgical procedure to correct orbital hypertelorism using both a box osteotomy as well as a facial bipartition technique with the aide of Osteo3D.

Orbital hypertelorism is a condition where the spacing between the eyes is larger than normal and can result in abnormally shaped eyes. To help aid in the procedure, Vasishta and Mendonca called upon the services of Osteo3d, a company that is focused on 3d printing for the healthcare industry. For the procedure, the patient in particular had excess bone present between their orbit: 15 mm on the horizontal plane and 7.5 mm from the midline.

In order to correct his, bone would need to be removed from either side of the midline before rebuilding the skull structure. To create a 3D model of the patient’s skull, 3D scans were collected and converted into usable data that was then able to be 3D printed. Then the doctors used the 3D printed model to study the patient’s bone structure both before and during the surgery.

This not only did this help the doctors accurately estimate the removal of the 7.5 mm of bone on either side of the midline on the horizontal plane and 1.5mm of bone on the vertical plane of the right bony orbit to achieve orbital symmetry but it also helped them establish any alternative methods for the procedure. Thankfully, the surgery was deemed a success thanks in no small part to the addition of 3D printing to the surgical process. While more hospitals worldwide are starting to see the value of 3d printing in nearly all stages of a medical procedure, not all of them have been able to both afford and provide the space for on-site 3D printers and computer equipment – for this, it’s hard to deny that services include Osteo3D are among the best out there.

3DCreatR extended to 50 new Learning Centers 3D printing in India , for all ages

3DCreatR, A company based in India, is expanding its range of courses on 3D printing, extending the courses to all ages.
This is not only to learn but also to dedicate professionally to disitintas opportunities offered by 3D printing in the future: medical, aerospace, manufacturing, and more. The list of options is almost endless career

Based in Mumbai, 3DCreatR is already operating two thriving centers for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Because of its success, the company has set the goal of a major expansion
"3DCreatR is determined to spread their wings of knowledge to the masses and has plans to open 50 more such centers across India over the next six months"

3DCreatR also offers a wide selection of products and 3D printing materials.
In its centers, as they continue to accelerate and stimulate learning across India, 3DCreatR offer classes designed to "refine and improve" Learning in 3D for Indian citizens at all levels, such as:
Kids 3DC – Introductory course for the young ones
DesignA 3DC – Instruction focusing on product and art design for adults
DesignK 3DC – Instruction in design for kids, including scanning and sculpting
Design+3DC – An extension of the introductory course for adults or kids, offering twelve 3D printing sessions
Sculpt3DC – Introduction for kids to the Sculptris program, where they learn to make a basic 3D model
Jewelry3DC – Any skill level receives instruction on 3D printing a pendant, as well as embellishing it
ChocoMold 3DC – Participants learn to 3D print with chocolate, and produce a chocolate mold as part of the class assignment

Sixteen year old builds his own open source 3D printer

With so much information on the internet everyday it is no surprise to us that our young 3D printing technology loving geniuses are trying out to build a DIY open source 3D printer through downloadable tutorial files from Thingiverse or Instructables.

Recently, Johannes Rostek, a sixteen-year old high-school student from Germany,  designed his own 3D printer., which he calls, the Valcanus V1 3D Printer, with just 300 euros.

valcanus v1 3D printerJohannes walked a few miles extra to give his RepRap open source 3D printer a professional look by using metal components to build it.

Valcanus v1 partsThe 44 cm x 44 cm x 60 cm Valcanus V1 3D printer is based on CORE-XY mechanical designwhich makes the printer easier to carry and also to print faster without affecting the resolution of the 3D printed.

Valcanus v1 in motionThe printer is capable of printing at the speed of 300 mm/s at a resolution of 0.5 mm or greater. The build volume is about 20 x 20 x 26 cms. This build is big enough to produce objects of decent size among other desktop level 3D printers.

It´s an example of how open source trend is becoming more and more usefull everyday, and how young people can make real his own projects.


New Indian 3D Printing Service Bureau Offering 3D Printed Keepsake to Celebrate Newborns

Instapro3d.com is a 3D printing service bureau based in New Delhi, and the startup company digitizes objects and does 3D modeling via a group of professional CAD engineers. Instapro3D 3D-printed-hand-impressionOne of their services is a way to document one of the most important milestones in anyone’s life – the birth of a child, via 3D printed copies of their foot or a hand.

Megha Bhaiya, the Founder and CEO of Instapro3d.com, followed in the footsteps of her sister when she left India to study at Lancaster University for a year. As part of her BBA Business Studies degree at the GD Goenka World Institute, Bhaiya spent her final year there finishing her studies. She says it was an ideal choice for her as an international student as she met people from all over the world.

Megha Bhaiya

Bhaiya began Instapro3D to create “a platform to turn your imagination into reality.” She says 3D printing fascinated her as it allows engineers, artists and designers to apply their skills and leverage the power of design “to give birth to amazing creations.”

From key chains to bike models; from hair-clips to screwdrivers; from an upside-down bottle to an imaginary helicopter design, Bhaiya says 3D printing sets designers free to create products and their work is restricted only to the limits of their imagination

“If you have broken a piece of machinery, you can just get it replicated here,” she says. “You can make quick models of your product before a presentation – even design your own jewelery.”

She also says this latest offering from her new company includes one element of inestimable value.

“We believe that birth of a child is a very emotional and memorable time for parents, and freezing a part of this memory for them would be priceless,” she says. “Thanks to 3D printing, doing this is absolutely simplified.”

You can check out Bhaiya’s company at their website, Instapro3D.com, and pricing information for the foot and hand keepsakes is available through the company’s contact page here…

Worlds first 3D printed elbow replacement

A new medical application for 3D printing technology was recently successfully implemented in the academic hospital of the Jilin University in Changchun, Northern China. In this case, a specifically developed 3D printed elbow was surgically implemented in the arm of a 48-year-old woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This is the first case ever where 3D printing technology has been successfully used in elbow replacement surgery.

The 48-year-old Leng Cai Feng, a farm worker, had been living from this condition for more than twenty-five years. She explained that this did not bother her at all when it was first diagnosed. ‘It is common for farm workers to have rheumatoid arthritis, and I did not really care about it in at the beginning. It was not a serious handicap, and while I always had sore joints during spring and autumn, it did not affect my work.’

However, her condition worsened considerably three years ago. Leng explained that she suddenly became completely unable to move her knee and elbow, while her entire right her arm became stiff and almost impossible to move. Her left side, meanwhile, became only capable of performing very simple movements and activities. Furthermore, her left elbow and knee became covered in lesions. All this severely affected the quality of her life, as it left her almost entirely paralyzed and unable to take care of herself. She spent her days lying bed, relying on her family to feed her.

Having ran of options, she was admitted to the orthopaedic department of Changchun’s academic hospital of Jilin University. There, doctor Chen Bingpeng diagnosed her and arranged for her to undergo bilateral knee replacement surgery. While this several elevated her walking difficulties –she was able to walk again within twenty days – her arms seemed like a hopeless case. Damage to her elbows and bone structure was severe, which made it virtually impossible to properly implement conventional prosthetic joints.

As Leng explained, she thought it was simply ‘game over’ for her arms. However, she came into contact with Orthopaedic Hospital Professor Wang JinCheng soon afterwards, who convinced her to cooperate in a 3D printing experiment. He explained to her that ‘3D printing technology can achieve the positive postoperative results for a bilateral elbow replacement surgery that conventional prosthetics can’t.’

After repeated testing with prostheses in practise scenarios, her bilateral elbow replacement surgery was successfully completed in early May of this year. The 3D printed elbow prosthesis exactly matched Leng Cai Feng’s bone structure, and all the steps the surgeons practised were a success.

Surgery began in the patient’s right arm, with an incision of approximately 10 cms across her elbow. Professor Wang Jincheng carefully separated the patient’s anconeus and triceps muscles, before removing the distal end of her humurus and the upper end of her ulna. The surgeon explained that these parts of the elbow were seriously deformed due to the patient’s condition. These where then replaced with the 3D printed prosthesis. After some stitching, the surgery was complete.

Her recovery was also quick. ‘Just five days after the surgery, I could drink from the cup I could hold myself.’ Leng said. She has since recovered completely and the quality of her life has severely been improved. As she excitedly explained, ‘I can freely move my arms, I can work and cook!’

This successful surgery is another pioneering step that 3D printing technology has brought to the medical profession. As Professor Wang explained, ‘The success of the operation was not only the first time 3D printing technology was used in this academic hospital, but also the first time this technology was every used for artificial joint elbow replacement surgery. It’s a world record.’

The successful surgeon went on to emphasize the many positive aspects attached to 3D printing technology. ‘Bilateral elbow 3D printing is a customized order. Just like tailor-made cloths are a better fit than store-bought mass productions, prosthetics are the best match.’ To achieve this, they made a three-dimensional CT scan of the patients limbs, and sent that data to a Beijing-based prosthesis production factory. There, the data was entered into the computer and titanium powder was precisely crafted to fit the patient’s bone structure.

‘Another advantage of 3D printed joints is that we can use a skeletal model of the 3D printed joint to examine all stages of the surgery. We effectively carried out the operation in vitro. This greatly shortens the operation time, and reduces patient pain and the number risks involved’, Wang said.

However, he goes on to emphasize that using 3D printing technology is still quite expensive to use in medical situations. ‘because it is a new technology, pricing will be involved in all aspects of the process, such as machine costs, production time, design, etc. In general, it is still more expensive that the traditional technologies that are used for prostheses.’

The professor nonetheless feels that this technology very useful and will be extensively used in the future, as it is very suitable for diseased joints that are usually uniquely shaped in every particular situation. Furthermore, Wang believes that surgery costs for operations that involve 3D printing will likely be reduced as the technology matures.

NASA scientists 3d printing the – Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula

Researchers haven’t only with success mapped the whole Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula for the primary time, but also have developed a 3D model of the increasing cloud made by it throughout its nineteenth century outburst. Eta Carinae lies 7,500 light-years away within the southern constellation of Carina and is one of the foremost large binary systems astronomers study thoroughly. The star is thirty times the mass of the sun and should be 1,000,000 times additional bright. The Eta Carinae galaxy contains ninety different star’s and emits five million times the sun’s energy output.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the huge binary numeration system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected a minimum of ten times the sun’s mass and created it the second-brightest star within the sky.

As a result of this event, that the astronomers call the good Eruption, a vaporized shell was shot into house. This material forms a twin-lobed dust-filled cloud referred to as the Homunculus Nebula, that is currently a couple of light-year long and continues to expand at over 1.3 million mph (2.1 million km/h).

Now a team of astronomers used the Southern Observatory’s terribly giant Telescope and its X-Shooter spectrograph to make the primary high-resolution 3D model of the Homunculus Nebula, permitting the team to review even dust-obscured parts of the Homunculus that face away from Earth.

The researchers used a modeling program referred to as form to research and model the three-dimensional motions and structure of nebula. “Our model indicates that this Brobdingnagian shell of gas and mud contains a additional advanced origin than is mostly assumed,” aforementioned Thomas Madura, a Postdoctoral Program fellow at NASA’s Robert Hutchings Goddard Space Flight Center in belt, Maryland, and a member of the study team. “For the primary time, we have a tendency to see proof suggesting that intense interactions between the celebs within the central binary vie a major role in sculpting the nebula we have .”

Once the researchers had developed their Homunculus model, they took things one step further: they 3D printed themselves a physical model.

“Now anyone with access to a 3D printer will turn out their own version of this unbelievable object,” aforementioned Robert Hutchings Goddard astronomer Theodore Gull. “While 3D printed models can build a terrific mental/physical image for anyone inquisitive about natural philosophy, I see them as significantly valuable for the blind, “

6 Year Old gets a 3D Printed RoboHand

Six-year-old Joseph Gilbert of urban center, N.Y., was born with no fingers on his left hand, however due to a replacement “robohand,” designed and realized with a 3D printer at SUNY New Paltz’s Hudson natural depression advanced producing Center, Joseph can hopefully experience the benefits and flavor to having a completely useful hand.

Gilbert was born with Symbrachydactyly, AN abnormality that happens between the ninth and tenth week of physiological state, says his mother, Dori Gilbert. The reason for the condition is unknown, and is reportable to have an effect on one in each ten thousand births, she says.

Hudson natural depression advanced producing Center Assistant Director Katherine Wilson worked with applied science student Adam Carlock to style and construct the hand. By flexing his radio carpal joint, Joseph will management the fingers of the robohand to grip objects.

On July 16, Joseph came to the SUNY New Paltz field with Dori, his sister, Brandi, and a family friend to do on his new hand for the primary time.

“The employees of the Hudson natural depression Advanced producing Center is incredibly excited to be able to offer Joseph with a robohand,” aforesaid freeman. “Creating useful medical specialty for kids is one in all the most effective samples of however 3D style and printing is accustomed build outstanding objects at a little fraction of the value of ordinary fabrication strategies.”

According to freeman, the robohand costs around $15 in materials to create.