Fiji Time: 1:06 AM on Friday 20 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

University launches 3D printer

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE University of the South Pacific yesterday launched its first 3D printer.

USP's head of school for Engineering and Physics Dr Atul Raturi said the printer that cost $45,000 would give a third dimension to physical objects.

"What we've been printing up until now is two dimensions. We have a paper which has a length and width but it has no height," Dr Raturi said.

"So this printer takes a third dimension. If you print a letter, the letter will have thickness also."

Dr Raturi said the printer would benefit students, especially those in engineering and architecture.

"Our engineering students or architectural students do a lot of computer-based modelling. A lot of time they just look at the screen and see them but they really can't touch the design.

"With the 3D printer, they can design, print it out, hold it and test it."

Objects are printed using ceramic powder which is also recyclable, and takes hours to print one object. Dr Raturi said it took an hour for an object to grow an inch.

"The possibilities are endless. The 3D printer became very popular in the last four years and USP is thrilled that we finally have one that can take studying at the university to another level.

"We would also like to talk to the business community who do design work, we would be happy to collaborate with them and we would like more work coming out of this printer."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63750.6185
JPY 55.628252.6282
GBP 0.39210.3841
EUR 0.45550.4435
NZD 0.68430.6513
AUD 0.64840.6234
USD 0.49010.4731

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 18th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fire breaks out in Nadi Town
  2. Fiji 7s team to Wellington named
  3. Tribunal rules on title
  4. Facebook defamation
  5. Future stars
  6. Date set for national census
  7. Fire destroys Jacks Fiji warehouse
  8. Fijian inclusion in French Six Nations squad
  9. Champion on track in youth 7s
  10. Put differences aside, says chief

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radrodro cops $10k fine for facebook rant Wednesday (18 Jan)
  2. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  3. Barber opens new $75k investment Friday (13 Jan)
  4. Ministry to defend its workers Wednesday (18 Jan)
  5. Police investigate officer's testimony Friday (13 Jan)
  6. Tractor to help farmers overcome labour shortage Friday (13 Jan)
  7. Institution faces probe Friday (13 Jan)
  8. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  9. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)
  10. Morning blaze destroys home Saturday (14 Jan)