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Head of USP’s School of Engineering & Physics Associate Professor Dr. Atul Raturi presents a lali, which was produced using the 3D printer, to USP Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Rajesh Chandra.

Two new 3D printers were launched at The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus today by the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra.

The idea of using 3D printers in USP’s Teaching and Research was initiated by the Vice-Chancellor and developed by the School of Engineering and Physics in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.

Prof Chandra expressed his delight at the occasion this morning saying that the 3D printer leverages USP’s profile.

“As we get into a more competitive environment, what makes us successful is where we are, and in technology, we are far ahead of the game,” he said.

“It fits so much into what USP is trying to do, one is in the Strategic Plan, we want to be at the cutting edge of leveraging technology for our Learning and Teaching and for our Research. And there is no more revolutionary technology than 3D printing,” Prof Chandra said.

He highlighted examples where 3D printers were being used around the world in a wide variety of fields like medicine, where doctors have printed windpipes for actual transplants.

“It’s about recognizing the potential of emerging technology.  I would like our School of Engineering to do more practical things because this is the bridge between academia and industry, that’s very important. I’d like our students to design new products,” Prof Chandra said.

“Having a 3D printer means you can visualize it, you can also see and feel what a particular design is. This is also a signal that the University will invest in ensuring that it is leaping ahead more and more in utilizing all of the technology that is available, for our students, for industry and for research,” he said.

He added that while 3D printing is fairly new, it is also important for artists and business.

“I will be very pleased if it leads people to dream a little bit more and to experiment, design and engage the industry,” he said.

Head of USP’s School of Engineering & Physics Associate Professor Dr. Atul Raturi, said the total cost of the project was $60,000.

He said the printers will allow USP staff and students to convert their 3D models using Computer Aided Design (CAD) into real physical objects that can be tested and experimented with.

This will also be helpful to graphic artists and architects to build 3D models. We would like to collaborate with the industry to prepare prototypes for new designs and replacement parts,” Dr. Raturi said.

The new 3D printers at the ICT test-bed facility at USP's Laucala campus.

“He also acknowledged the Vice-Chancellor for his continued support.

“This investment has helped us leap into the latest era of engineering technology and it will surely enhance our Learning and Teaching efforts,” Dr Atul added.

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