A second 3D printing centre launched at SME Mauritius 

  • Posted 01 Apr 2019
A second 3D printing centre launched at SME Mauritius 

A second 3D Printing Centre was launched last week on the premises of SME Mauritius in Coromandel. This joint initiative of the National Computer Board (NCB) and SME Mauritius, aims to support a wide range of industries and professions including SMEs, start-ups, designers and university students.

The Centre, equipped with several 3D printers and 3D scanners, will be a one stop-shop for 3D printing and 3D scanning, advice, counselling and initiation to 3D designs and modelling.  It will offer several facilities like 3D support services for SMEs; reduce scale models for designers of various industries; create moulds and dyes through an accelerated process, amongst others.

The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, recalled that the first 3D Printing Centre was set up on the NCB's premises in February 2018.  Since its operation around 50 students have used the services of the 3D Centre to prepare their projects and proof of concept and some 600 objects and parts have been crafted by the 3D printers.  He added that the scope of 3D printing technology is limitless and is bound to play a bigger part in the years to come. He also 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. 

For his part, the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, underlined that the objective of the 3D centre is to encourage SMEs to adopt small agile production runs and to reduce their testing/prototyping process through the adoption of digital or Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing.

- More info on govmu.org