Fifty different innovative products, all designed and 3D printed by school students from across the UAE was the hallmark of the second 3D Printing Olympiad organised by ATLAB on Friday in Dubai.
3D printing is heralding a new industrial revolution, posing major challenges and opportunities to the manufacturing, construction and healthcare sectors. Dubai, a city of skyscrapers, is trying to be a leader in 3 D printing technology by aspiring to build the first 3D printed tower . Artificial human body parts, crucial aircraft spare parts etc are already made using 3D printing. The young generation is crazy about robots and other high tech gadgets and many schools and educational institutions are preparing students for the future job market. In this context, a competition for the high tech enthusiasts from the UAE schools witnessed increased and intense participation. The top award in the competition went to Rishabh Java, 15-year old Grade X student from GEMS Millenium School – Sharjah, for developing a working model of a humanoid.
Mumukshya Baitharu from primary school segment is another winner for presenting a redesigned chess board. The smart girl replaced the chess pieces with prominent and historical towers in the UAE.
150 Submissions, 50 Finalists..
More than 150 entries were submitted from students of various schools across the UAE, of which only 50 managed to reach the final round.ATLAB, a technology-based company developing custom applications dedicated to humanoid robots and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and innovation labs for corporates and educational institutions, is the brain behind the World 3D Printing Olympiad.
Senthil Kugan, Director, ATLAB said the idea of the competition, inspired by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of innovation, is to encourage and inculcate innovativeness among students. “This is the second year of the competition and the entries this year are a clear indication of significant improvement in the participation and the quality of presentations.”
Senthil Kugan, Director, ATLAB
This year’s competition saw participation from three different categories – elementary, junior high and high secondary school, with the junior high leading the list with the maximum number of participants.Rishab Java who designed the 3D printed humanoid has been working on the project for the past eight months. The humanoid whose legs and arms are still not ready was presented to judges as a functional model that can be scaled up as per requirements.
Incomplete..Yet Innovative Humanoid
The humanoid’s body was completely built using a 3D printer. “The only exceptions were the motors and the Microsoft Surface tablet that powers the system. I plan to self-design the robot’s arms and legs in the future,” he said.“The robot I have built is a cost-effective solution and at Dh1,800 including the tablet, is a much cheaper option. I have the arms designed and since the design was not my own I am not including it for the competition. Once the arms and legs are built, it could be about six feet tall. I have used open source software already available online to build the humanoid,” he added.
The boy had also won last year’s Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad having presented a 3D printed bionic arm. The fully functional bionic arm is now ready to be fitted onto a human body. “We are in discussions with a government-run hospital in India, where an amputee who lost his hand in an industrial accident could soon be using the custom built bionic arm, the one similar to what was showcased during last year’s competition,” he revealed.
Other innovative designs included a wheelbase for a motor vehicle with six wheels and a 3D printed model of a recycle bin with multiple segregations including one for infectious medical waste.The participants were judged by a panel of nine judges who based their decision on the uniqueness of the design, research and development process as presented, the value and potential impact of the design, and the ability to communicate or demonstrate the features.
ATLAB is also delivering STEM solutions to classrooms. An associate of the Centena Group, ATLAB has partnered with leading manufacturers and solution providers like LEGO Education, PITSCO Education and PASCO Scientific. It launched the Atlab Teach Assist, the region`s first robotic teaching assistant during GESS 2017 and has now completed the advanced integration of the system, and will soon deploy the first set of units into UAE schools.
“The idea to hold the 3D Printing Olympiad is aimed at encouraging students to come out with fresh ideas, nurture them to design new products and guide them to be future innovators. It is important to inclulcate these qualities when they are young,” said Sanjay Raghunath, MD of Centena Group.
3D Printing Olympiad has a World prefix to it, indicating its global outlook. The 2018 event is expected to be much larger and will be hosted by the UAE Ministry of Education in partnership with ATLAB. “We are expanding the competition from next year, leaving it open to international participation. We expect more entries from around the world making it a more global event,” says Kugan. This year’s event was held at North London Collegiate School in Nad al Sheba.
High Tech Award winners Primary (ages 10-12)
1st prize – Hana Kabir
2nd prize – Mumukshya Baitharu
Middle (ages 13-15)
1st prize – Arqk Maheshwary
2nd prize – Mariyam Mister and Mishka Jethwani
High School (ages 16-19)
1st prize - Rishabh Java
2nd prize - Omar Kabir