The National Computer Board (NCB) has set up two 3D Printing Centres for the benefit of a wide range of industries, professions and academia, including SMEs, start-ups, designers and university students. The first centre is located at NCB, Port Louis and the second at SME Mauritius, Coromandel.
The objectives of the 3D Printing Centers are:
3D Printing & 3D Scanning that includes the following:
As at January 2020, 295 students and SME’s visited both 3D Printing Centres. University students, mainly in the engineering field used the facilities provided to produce their Projects. More than 1,535 3D projects have been printed, comprising of some 3260 parts.
Besides 3D Printing facility, 190 people, students and SMEs, have followed training on 3D Printing & Design technologies.
The NCB collaborated with Sun Resorts and the University of Mauritius for 3D printing of artificial reefs and bases for coral breed. In view to demonstrate the adoption of 3D Printing Technology towards visually impaired people, the NCB partnered with NGOs (Lois Lagesse School for the blind, Lizie Dans la Main and Global Rainbow Foundation) to print 3D braille and education puzzles as well as training for the benefit of the visually impaired persons. The 3D Printing team of the NCB collaborated with the Ministry of Environment, CIB and the University of Mauritius to produce 3D casings for IoT atmospheric sensors.
NCB 3D Printing team took part in various technology related events such as:
1. Create your 3D model(s) in any 3D CAD (Computer-aided design) software.
2. You may visit the centre to deposit your files. The centres are open on weekdays from 09h00 to 16h00 OR you may also send your files by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Pick up your objects when the NCB officer notifies you via e-mail or phone
A next phase for helping SMEs for small production runs would be the setting up of a Digital Fabrication Lab equipped with more robust and complex 3D printing and cutting tools along with associated equipments.
The objective of setting up such a lab is in line with encouraging SMEs to adopt small agile production runs and to reduce their testing/prototyping process through adoption of digital or Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). With advances in technology, this will be logical stepping stone for SMEs.