Jacky\ s demos 3D printer models.
The new business arm has a number of
offerings, but at GITEX it is focusing on demonstrating its 3D printer models,
in particular a model from vendor Mojo, which sells at around $10,000.
"[GITEX 2013] is the first public
event where we are showing our 3D printers," says Panjabi. "We are
working with a company called Stratasys, the largest manufacturer of 3D
printers in the world and we are targeting the commercial and industrial
Panjabi cited several examples of sectors
where 3D printing is coming to the fore. Prominent among them is that of
healthcare. Dentists can now use 3D printers to produce casts of teeth in
preparation for a number of procedures, both minor and major.
The complexity of the end product is
increasing constantly. Now, multiple materials can be used to produce complex
objects. Panjabi displayed a model of a human foot in which the bone structure
could be seen through the tissue layers, which were rendered as transparent.
In the manufacturing sector, 3D models can
be rendered in a number of materials including heavy metals. Panajabi also
presented several prototypes that included moving parts, such as cogs and
levers. He spoke of a future in which "digital manufacturing" would
be the norm and would have a massive impact on the supply chain.
"Why worry about spare parts when you
can make your own?" he observes.
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