Balaji Tammabattula’s invention allows anyone to duplicate any item, simply by photographing it.
Following the recent development of 3D printing technology, one Indian Computer Scientist has taken the revolution one step further.
Capitalizing on existing technology, Balaji Tammabattula has jumped light years ahead by creating a 3D camera and printing package that anyone can use – with no specialist knowledge or software needed.
Tammabattula’s invention allows anyone to simply photograph an item with the 3D camera, connect the 3D printer and watch as a duplication of the item produced out of plastic.
Tammabattula explains the science behind 3D printing:
“A 3D printer works by using molten polymer plastic, dispensed through a tiny tube, which works in layers to eventually create a 3D, physical item” he explains. Continuing, “You can make anything from jewellery and figurines right through to useful items for around the home”.
While the concept of 3D printing isn’t new, Tammabattula has taken it one step further, making it more accessible to the everyday person:
“All 3D printers require the item to be made from an intricate and complicated digital wireframe file. Naturally, you need a great deal of technical knowledge in order to produce these. My invention does away with this, instead printing directly from a photograph, by means of a 3D camera. This means anyone can use it!” he adds.
Tammabattula plans to eventually bring the technology to the home user, but for now he is currently developing the system exclusively for Indian Governmental Organizations. His contract with India’s Remote Sensing Instruments is providing a world-class platform within which to continue development.
As he makes clear, the concept that an item can be photographed and then physically re-produced is hard for some to muster:
“It sounds crazy when you think that you can photograph something and duplicate the item you snapped in the picture. It just goes to show what can be done when you take an existing technology and add a contribution that takes it to the next level” Tammabattula says.
The technology has just been introduced to Indian Governmental Organizations, with excellent feedback reported from them.
About Balaji Tammabattula
Balaji Tammabattula is an emerging guru in the field of science and technology.
Following a Masters in Electronics & Computer Sciences from New York Institute of Technology, Tammabattula went on to work extensively within the Date Storage sector – heading up the development of innovative data storage products.
He is currently working at India-based Remote Sensing Instruments, a leading developer of Satellite data instruments, 3D imaging and mapping technologies.
His major contribution to the 3D printing sector is currently focussed on producing systems for Indian Governmental Organizations.
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