3D Printing for academics – Part 1

Education is strongest in those societies which value and support their teachers and public education systems, and in which the morale of teachers is high.

The industrial revolution and automation of production processes are the foundation of our current educational system. Since, we live in a knowledge-based society; it is the time to upgrade our educational system and to lift it to the next level.

Knowledge based society refers to societies that are well educated, and who therefore rely on the knowledge of their citizens to drive the innovation, entrepreneurship and dynamism of that society’s economy.

If we look at the results of recent international studies on educational achievement in science and mathematics, we can see that the best results were achieved by countries which respect teachers and learning the most, and which have a high quality public teaching service.

3D Printing for academics:

It is important to distinguish between good and poor educational softwares and to learn how to use the new technology to get the best result from it. The current educational system will run smoothly if it is balanced by having good teachers and good educational softwares.

Today I am going to discuss about 3D printing in education. This article is a combination of various examples in innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of academics. We at 3D Prototyperz are actively promoting reflection on how best to use 3D printing technology to reach the unreached.

Let us see how 3D printers can support the teaching process:

In a study by Szulżyk-Cieplak it was found that, 3D printers give a boost to the teaching process. Computer aided designed (CAD) and printed physical models enhance student’s involvement and motivation in the class by enabling students to transfer their ideas into reality.


Printed models can let students understand a project’s strengths and weaknesses easily. Using 3D printers from early ages, students can to translate physical objects into CAD design and vice versa, which develops their creativity and imagination.

Revolutionizing the classroom:

Below are few examples of 3D printing applications in academics.



Are you intrigued and want to know more? I’ve got a collection of some cool case studies which we’ll look at tomorrow. So please stay tuned.

Please click here to know more about some 3D Printers manufactured by 3D Prototyperz



Fused Filament Fabrication Printers (FFF)

Definition of fused filament fabrication

Are you planning to purchase a 3D Printer and trying to figure out where should you start? Do you own a retail business or want start one? Are you looking for medical devices, mold making, interiors, prototypes for construction? If the answer is to any of the questions is yes we the team at 3D Prototyperz will always be happy to help you out.

Let’s discuss the simplest 3D Printing method to start with: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers, also known as Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) printers or Molten Polymer Deposition (MPD) Printers.

This article is focused only on FFF Printers and other 3D printing technologies like Stereolithography or Selective Laser Sintering will not be discussed. Fused Filament Fabrication is the most common and widely used method. We at 3D Prototyperz manufacture FFF Printers and provide 3D printing services.

What is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)?

FFF is a process in which a filament (something like a small string) is fed to the printhead assembly (to heat the filament or to melt it) and then the molten material (thermoplastics) is deposited with the help of a nozzle on top or next to the same material. Thermoplastics are plastics, which become semi-liquid above a specific temperature and return to a solid state when cooling down.

The molten thermoplastic is stacked layer upon layer in a three-dimensional model. The printhead assembly typically moves with the nozzle within the horizontal plane, while the build platform is moved vertically.

Figure below shows a FFF Printer manufactured by 3D Prototyperz, India.

AXES 500

Build Volume 500x500x500
Display Digital
Input Format G Code, STL
Operation Mode Semi-Automatic
Size 670x670x670
Nozzle Diameter 0.4/0.6mm Swappable
Speed 150 mm/sec
Voltage(V) 12
Temperature 210 °C- 400 °C

Some applications:





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Change is the only constant – market segmentation

I was discussing with my friends about the change in the retail industry. After discussing I thought to find what are the new online market segmentation techniques and I found some interesting articles like Pokemon Go effect. Hence, I thought to share some insights on online market segmentation.

Signs of customers “skating away from old-fashioned way of shopping”

1. Shoppers know as much as salespeople

Then: Due to the lack of information, people relied on the salesperson to advise them on what to buy.

Now: Today, shoppers can compare the price, quality, brand of the products online and can decide which website can give the maximum value of their purchase. Example – www.thefind.com compared the products according to the price while gathering information from other websites.

Now, such kind of websites will not be gathering information only from one demography or does not depend on gender, age, because of the global market, there is a need for further segmentation. (Thefind Inc. was overtaken by Facebook in 2015 because of excellent customized recommendation of products which was beneficial to Facebook for its improvement in commerce ads)

2. Products can jump off the screen

Then: The internet was fine for researching, but there was no replacement for holding, feeling, inspecting a physical product on a store shelf or showroom floor.

Now: Interactive video, 360 views, gestural controls are just a few of the options bringing products alive on customers’ multiple screens. Example-  http://www.lenskart.com/, invites customers to mix and match frames against their photo. When retailers showcase products online in a unique way, they create opportunities for customers to interact with products on an emotional level.

When consumers emotions are activated, their desire to buy is sparked. Again here, we are only beginning to see the possibilities for more segmentation because of replacement of physically inspecting the product by virtually inspecting it.

3. The ‘Pokemon GO’ effect

In 2016, there was news about the game Pokemon Go on going into retail business.  It can show a gym (which may be called pokegym) or restaurants or a real estate in your location using geolocation technology. I also think it will use our behavior for shopping, eating from our location and can provide ads according to it. Such, apps or games can totally change the conventional segmentation of demography because it will be used everywhere and can identify customers behavior and can segment the products for an individual in any location.

Let’s end the article by discussing what will be the common among people who are using this websites by considering the Pokemon Go effect.

The game is built on your location. Suppose a person goes to an Indian restuarant for the meal on a particular date, and some days later the same person is playing the game on a meal time. It is possible that through geolocation, the game may take the person to the nearest Indian restuarant to catch a pokemon. It may lead that person to eat the meal in an Indian restaurant again. Now this segmentation is dependent on the behavior of the individual, time of playing the game, his location. Hence, the market segmentation will be dependent upon a combination of many things and not only on a single segmentation related to conventional age, gender, geography or income.

The conflict

I want to run away somewhere alone

I want to feel the mental peace

There is a constant conflict inside me

I still have to taste the success yet

But there is a conflict even in that

Shall money be my measuring tool? Or shall I thrive for enlightenment?

One more conflict,

Am I coward if I thrive for enlightenment or is it my timidness that I am away from monetary success

Time is short, things to do are more

A decision has to be made

A path has to be selected now

It isn’t too late but it will be soon

The path has to be selected

I will live till the day I find my joy.

Why should I live?

Where is the joy and happiness that I seek?

I feel this world as an illusion, if I don’t belong here, where do I belong?

I am building a good career, aiming to make more money. Money is very important. Is it an illusion?

Where do I belong?

Why should I live?

I will live one more day.

I will live till the day I find my joy.

Future insights – of Google

I have been studying an online course on marketing and was suppose to do an assignment containing PEST and SWOT analysis for Google in next 10 year. Rather than just getting a grade, I thought why not to share this with others. I hope you all find this interesting.

PEST Analysis:

  1. Political Factors

According to the newspaper, “The Guardian”, Google spends $18m per year lobbying in Washington DC. Donald Trump attacks Google’s fellow tech giant Amazon for its connection that Google and Facebook should be regulated as utilities, but Google will only increase its lobbying expenditure. In June 2017, during the antitrust investigation in Europe, Google was fined $2.7 billion. Google is facing serious criticism but still, Google will extend its commitment with Alphabet Inc. which was made five years ago.

Donald Trump also supports Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel, who says, “They lie to protect themselves. They know that bragging about their great monopoly invites being audited, scrutinized and attacked. Since they very much want their monopoly profits to continue unmolested, they tend to do whatever they can to conceal their monopoly – usually by exaggerating the power of their (non-existent) competition.” It is hard to speculate, but due to increasing awareness in the minds of people for online privacy, trust from competitors, it seems like Google can face more political oppose in next 10 years.

  1. Economical Factors

Alphabet has collected a large sum of the amount of cash, which makes it very vulnerable to inflation. A sudden drop in the value of a currency could reduce the company’s value.

A large amount of money Google keeps overseas makes it very vulnerable to exchange rates and the currency market. If the dollar is strong, Google could lose a lot of money if it is forced to bring a lot of cash back into the United States. The company could also lose money if the dollar is weak because it could be forced to exchange a stronger currency for a weak dollar. Whatever the case may be, Google has to walk on the edge of a sword at least for next ten years.

  1. Social Factors

In next ten years, people are going to be more aware of their privacy. Due lack of trust on Google many people are moving to other search engines. I have started using Duck Duck Go to avoid useless notifications from Google on my phone.

Google has not been able to translate its success in traditional search to other segments of the market, including the shopping search. Due to more companies getting involved in shopping search, Google does not stand a chance in next ten years to flip the situation.

  1. Technological Factors

Growing sophistication of social media solutions and instant messaging. Solutions like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger can now be used to send news, audio messages and even streaming video. Programs like Venmo and WeChat can be used to make financial transactions. This provides an alternative to Google’s products that is not computer based.The technological factor will accelerate in coming ten years and Google will not be able to compete with such a huge traffic.

Over the years it has often been suggested in different places all over the globe that advertising in public spaces should be banned. Here is an example of this from the UK:


Let’s assume such a thing would be the case for Google. In other words: that a global community would agree to ban advertising on all existing search-engines on the globe.

Let’s make a SWOT-analysis of Google in such a situation compared to other existing search-engine named Duck Duck Go. It is quite easier to distinguish the Google SWOT analysis with a single search engine.


  1. Strengths
  • Google has so-called market monopoly in present
  • Strong economy
  • Introduction in Android and mobile technologies
  • Strong technology like google maps
  1. Weaknesses
  • No privacy for users compared to DDG, history can be traced easily in Google
  • High reliance on Advertisement
  1. Opportunities
  • More development in Android operating system is possible
  • Diversification in Google books, Google Maps, cloud computing
  • Penetrate markets with consumer electronics
  1. Threats
  • Existing search engines give high level of privacy and Ad-free search
  • High reliance on Advertisement- a ban will cause economic fall down i.e 85% of its revenue from Ads will vanish


The First Blog

This is my first blog. The reason behind starting the blog is to communicate with people and share knowledge. As a student of mechanical engineering I will share information about Welding Engineering.