Monday, July 21, 2014

Pakistan Joins 3D Printing Revolution

3D printing (also called stereolithography or additive manufacturing) is a process for making a three-dimensional object of almost any shape. It uses a 3D model or other electronic data source primarily through additive processes in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control.

3D printing technology was introduced in Pakistan when Robotics Lab was launched in 2011 in Karachi. It was founded by two friends Afaque Ahmed and Yasin Altaf  who had previously worked in Silicon Valley. They bought a 3D printer for the lab as a tool to help children learn science.

In addition to serving children, the Robotics Lab has attracted commercial clients such as Pak Suzuki Motors, architecture firms and college students doing senior projects, according to the Express Tribune newspaper. The founding duo is now looking for ways to expand its audience.“Our goal is to push this science lab to TCF schools, a nationwide school network covering about 150,000 underprivileged students,” says Ahmed. The project, however, is currently pending because of funding constraints. “We have asked them to find some big donor for this purpose. Currently, we train these children only through field trips to our labs.”

3D printing has excited Pakistanis like Ali Ahsan to build his own 3D printer, according to a story published in Pakistan Today. He was inspired to make things by his father. “My father was a ‘maker’. He always enjoyed problem solving wanted to make life easier. We never saw electricians, plumbers, carpenter coming to our house. He use to do everything by himself and fortunately as a kid I always stood beside him carrying tools and watching what he is doing. That’s what made me a mechanical engineer, a little different as I was pre-trained by a full time mentor. “It was a favour that I wanted to return by doing something similar for my own children. With 3D printing, I can’t tell you the exact moment it all started, but my wife and I spared a room (we call it the Maker Room) with all sorts of tools electronics. And that’s sort of where it all began! The first thing we made were LEGOs for my children and we ended up at LEGO Mindstorm. With an environment of learning you actually don’t have to teach they learn by mimicking you".

Softonix, a Karachi-based creative design agency, started a commercial 3D printing service to offer 3D models to their clients starting in 2012. As the popularity of 3D printing grew among the users of the service, Tayyab Alam told 3DPrint.com that “seven out of ten calls asked us for 3D printers instead of the 3D printing service.” Softonix responded to growing demand by launching 3D Xplore subsidiary to sell 3D printers.

"So we started working on the plans to design and manufacture Pakistan’s very own 3D printer brand, and finally we launched [our line of] 3D Printers for consumers, back in March 2014,” said Alam. “Xplorer 3D is Pakistran’s first 3D printing brand, providing state of the art and affordable 3D Printers. Currently our printers are being manufactured in China and assembled in Pakistan, but we do have future plans to start manufacturing them right here. Currently our product range starts from DIY 3D printing kits to professional level 3D printers.”

Working replicas of expensive scientific equipment could be made for a fraction of conventional costs using cheap 3D printers, possibly saving developing world labs thousands of dollars each time, says a researcher who has authored a book on the subject. The advances in 3D computing mean the age of appropriate technology – affordable, sustainable solutions designed and built to meet local needs – may be here, argues Joshua Pearce, a materials science and engineering professor at Michigan Technological University in the US, in an article in last month's Physics World magazine, according the Guardian newspaper.

3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. It can be used for 3D model-making, rapid prototyping and production of a range of products for industrial and consumer applications as well as prosthetic limbs and human organs. CAD files for such products can be created by designers from scratch for new designs or downloaded from the web in stl format and modified and customized.

While the industrial use of 3D printers has accelerated, the consumer market for 3-D printing will reach $600 million in 2017, up from $70 million to $80 million last year, according to Kenneth Wong, an analyst at Citigroup Inc. in San Francisco.

Here's a video of a friend Ali Hasan Cemendtaur from Silicon Valley visiting Robotics Lab in Karachi:


Here's Lisa Harouni on 3D Printing:


DEVELOP3D Live: Lisa Harouni, Digital Forming - Talk from DEVELOP3D on Vimeo.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Business has suddenly picked up for Sialkoti sportswear manufacturer Mohammad Waseem*. His secret? 3D printing.

“We are using 3D printing to improve our product designs. We are now able to send accurate product samples to our overseas clients,” Waseem says.

The city of Sialkot houses Pakistans sports goods industry. Some manufacturing is set up as a cottage industry, drawing entire families in the trade. Other manufacturing is medium and large-scale. Together, Sialkots sports goods industry contributes the second-largest share in revenue for Pakistan.

For men like Waseem, 3D printing has provided a leg up. Whereas once the process of enlisting a client and procuring orders was lengthy and often imprecise, 3D printing has enabled Waseem to send an exact sample of what the client will get in return for their investment. When dealing with an overseas client, such precision is often profitable.

Waseem attributes much of his success to 3dprint.com.pk — a Lahore-based company that describes itself as “Pakistan’s first 3D Print House”. This company has been researching and developing racing motorcycle boots and shin pads in flexible materials — all of which promise to boost Pakistans economy.

According to Omar T Aslam, director at 3dprint.com.pk, Pakistan has a rich tradition of manufacturing but lacks high-end technical skills and resources for 3D printing that could push the industry to the next level. “3D printing technology can, and often does, reduce time and cost to market by 50 percent,” argues Aslam.
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“I am really impressed by the capabilities of the 3D printer we bought,” says Waseem. “We now have a professional 3D printer, which is being used on almost a daily basis.”

And it’s not only the sports goods manufacturing sector that has employed 3D printers. Aslam claims that his clients include those from the medical, industrial tooling, and automotive sectors as well. There They are 3D printing master patterns for foundries, which include tooling for water pump manufacturing. Then there is 3D modelling of construction projects for architect firms. But the one that stands out the most is reminiscent of Will Smith’s I Robot-like 3D printed robotic arm, which was built for a NUST student’s final-year project.

The way 3D printing technology is progressing, it is evident that the new industrial revolution is here. From printing trinkets to fully functional, living human organs; the potential of this technology is endless, restricted only by the limits of our imagination.

Oh, and do you know what else you can make with a 3D printer? A 3D printer. They can be used to replicate themselves. Using something to make anything — now that’s something we definitely never thought was possible.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103491

Cemendtaur said...

A video for you, RH Sb.
Visiting Robotics Labs, Private Limited in Karachi, Pakistan
regards,
C.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2-hMmDB2zo

shakil hossain said...

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Kamran Abdul Jabbar said...

Kamran eekamran@gmail.com
It is bitter truth that there is a ban in importing a 3D printer in Pakistan by ministry of defense. According to them 3D printer can be used for manufacturing weapons but they don't bother to investigate the different categories of printers. The jewellery industry in our country has much demand of it to boost the business and economy. As embedded system engineer I tried to import DLP printers in Pakistan in legal way and give the customers both technical and parts warranty support but all efforts goes in vein. Though already we have some 3D printers working in jewellery workshops and can not be used in making weapons as there is a big technical problem doing it so. The build plate form is very small which only prints small jewellery parts around 2x1.5x6 inches. The output of print is wax which is soft and used for lost wax casting. There are some illegal importers which are active by using bribes raising the price of the printer to 2.5 times the actual price. I realized the reason why every engineer of Pakistan has first priority to leave this country. There are many weapons factories already in our country and 3D printer is not the machine that invented weapons and are mandatory for making them. We can use conventional mechanical CNC machines to make pistols, why they stupid concern people don't ban them.

asad said...

totally agree with kamran, i also have the same problem. hope things get better soon

Riaz Haq said...

Mir Bayyaan Baloch, first child in #Pakistan to receive a 3D printed hand from #NEDUET MakerStudio http://bit.ly/2a7wcyt via @techjuicepk

Bioniks, a prosthetics provider, in collaboration with Xplorer 3D (a 3D printer manufacturer) and Viscous.co (3D printer retailer) to provide a child with a 3D printed hand. Mir Bayyaan Baloch, a five-year-old boy, is the first Pakistani child to receive such a treatment. Mir was born without a right hand, but the companies involved along with the cooperation of Mir’s father, Mir Umer Baloch, have given him an artificial hand that allows him to do everything other children can do.

Stephen Davies and Drew Murray’s Team UnLimbited were one of the first resources that Mir Umer found when he was looking for a prosthetic hand for his son on the Internet. Stephen and Drew had designed the UnLimbited Arm, a prosthetic for individuals that have no hand but a functional elbow, which was used for Bayyan’s right hand. Once Mir Umer had found the perfect prosthetic for his child, he reached out to Bioniks for the case.

With the help of a Xplorer 3D printer stationed at the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Bioniks printed the UnLimbited Arm. They then adjusted the device to fit the boy’s arms. The work on the 3D printed arm was carried out at NED’s MakerStudio (a 3D Printing Facility) that is running under Viscous.co. The printers available at MakerStudio have been donated by NEDEA Chicago, NED ALEF, and Indus Pencil Industries (Pvt.) Ltd.

The 3D printed prosthetic arm was then fitted into Bayyaan’s arm to give him a completely function right hand that he felt comfortable with. Previously, Bayyaan was not able to shake hands, give high fives, and even hold objects with his right hand.

Mir Bayyaan Baloch may not realize that he is the first-ever child in Pakistan to receive such a treatment but he is very excited about finally being able to live his life as any other child would. This is an incredible feat achieved through the dedication and passion of companies such as Bioniks and Xplorer 3D, and individuals such as Mir Umer, Stephen, and Drew.

Riaz Haq said...

Organizing field trips are difficult due to isolated locations of work fields, here this lab is bridging the gap by enabling students to have an experience whilst being on campus. The lab has already connected the alumni to academics and alumni are now sending in 360 Panoramic shots to help students gain an insight into the field work. Mohsin Yousufi believes that the lab will help faculty in imparting practical knowledge to students and giving training to engineers by adopting VR as an enabler tool. With an ambition to expand the lab and make it a play-area for engineers, Mohsin is striving hard to make this space a game-changer for the academia as well as the industry.

The Grid is a Petroleum Engineering Department Alumni Project and is being funded by the alumni of NED University.

Riaz Haq said...

#Pakistan's Federal Government grants #Karachi's #NED Engineering University Rs 900 over 3 years for big projects https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/138117-NED-to-get-Rs900mn-from-Centre-in-three-years …

Ahsan Iqbal inaugurates Advanced Material Testing Laboratory at NED’s Department of Earthquake Engineering

Karachi

The federal government will provide Rs900 million in the next three years to the NED University for completing new mega projects being initiated at the university, said Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday while inaugurating the Advanced Material Testing Laboratory at the Department of Earthquake Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology.

He said the federal government had adopted an important policy to upgrade all engineering universities of the country and different projects had been initiated at these universities across the country.

According to him, the government has allocated Rs1500 billion to achieve the target while the federal government has also doubled the funding to improve higher education in Pakistan. “From the year 2010 to 2013, Rs100 billion were granted for the higher education. But when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz came in the power, the grant was increased to Rs2015 billion from the year 2013 to 2016.”

Quoting the figures of increase in grant, he said the increment showed that the party was working in the right direction and following the indicators set for its vision 2025, through which it wanted to establish “knowledge economy”.

“The majority of the country’s population comprises of youngsters and that is why we want to provide them the best education and access to technology to produce high quality human resources in the country.”

Ahsan Iqbal expressed that he was impressed with the standard of education being provided at the NED University and believed that its students could participate anywhere around the world.

He congratulated the faculty and staff for preparing students to face challenges in their lives.

The PML-N leader also assured the government’s support to universities which would play any role in national development.

The federal minister claimed that all efforts would be carried out to eradicate terrorism from the country.