Mauritius unveils second 3D Printing Centre

Mauritius unveils second 3D Printing Centre. Photo : Kickstarter

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mauritius recently unveiled its second 3D Printing Centre aiming to support various industries, professions and academia, including Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, designers and university students in the fields of Medical, Engineering and Architecture.

The first 3D Printing Centre was set up on the National Computer Board (NCB) premises in February last year. Since its inception, about 50 students have used its services to prepare their projects.

A joint initiative of the NCB and SME Mauritius, it is located on the premises of SME Mauritius in Coromandel. It is equipped with several 3D Filaments Printers and 3D Scanners. It is expected to be a one stop-shop for 3D printing and 3D scanning, advice, counselling and initiation to 3D designs and modelling.

The centre is set to offer 3D print support services for SMEs; guide start-ups to build their own open source through the use of low cost 3D printing machines; reduce scale models for designers of various industries; create moulds and dyes through an accelerated process; logistics support to build prototypes, in particular for primary and secondary schools and university students, and provide training sessions for targeted users.

“The scope of 3D printing technology, he highlighted is limitless and is bound to play a bigger part in the years to come,” said Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Yogida Sawmynaden, noting that it is predicted that 10 percent of production will be done by 3D printers by 2027.

He further indicated that 3D technology has been used to create artificial reefs and bases for coral breeding at the initiative of the NCB, Sun Resorts and the University of Mauritius.

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