By Yolanda Spivey
Another child prodigy is making headline news by doing something spectacular. Angad Daryani, a fifteen year old from India is changing the way his fellow countrymen look at 3D printing.
The youngster runs his own company where he sells “do it yourself” kits that consists of portable speakers and printers.
At 8 years old, Daryani built his first “humanoid robot;” and by the sixth grade, the young man learned how to make a remote controlled hovercraft from watching YouTube videos. He also designed an e-book reader for the visually impaired called the Virtual Brailler which converts written text to Braille when it’s scanned across text.
His latest project is a 3D printer that he designed himself which will launch sometime this month. He describes his printer, the modded RepRap SharkBot, as the “fastest and most robust desktop 3D printer that can print any material except metal.”
He was inspired to design his own 3D printer after noticing that DIY Makers and engineers were importing printers for desktop use.
He told DNA India, “We are wasting foreign currency by importing these things. I want to change that.” He further stated, “There’s a movement called Rep Rap which allows people to build [an Atmel-based] 3D printer using stuff they can find at a hardware store. I sell the RepRap Prusa i3.”
Daryani is a product of home schooling. He told DNA India, “I had no satisfaction that I knew things, I couldn’t apply anything I had learned to real life. I quit the formal pattern of studying and am now being home-schooled.”
This young man is headed towards great things. As it stands now, Gartner analysts expect for 3D printing space to grow expeditiously in 2014 and 2015. They also state that worldwide shipments of 3D printers will increase 75 percent this year alone and will double by next year.