Muscat: In a first-of-its-kind project by vocational college students in Oman, three from Saham Vocational College have created a 3D printer which can be used to print a range of products, including prosthetic limbs, toys and surgical instruments.
Imran bin Ali al Maamari, Bashar bin Khalifa al Hindasi and Abdul Majeed bin Ali al Mahduri, from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Saham Vocational College in North Batinah, ideated and innovated the 3D printer as part of their graduation project.
“Our 3D printer is of high quality that competes with printers currently on the market. It can be used to make products used in various sectors, including medical and surgical instruments and artificial limbs,” said Mahduri.
“The printer can also be used to design houses. Our project aims to reduce financial cost in various industries, keep pace with demand in the local market, and achieve the goals of Oman Vision 2040 based on innovation, scientific research and youth empowerment.”
According to Mahduri, he and his teammates did not face any significant difficulties as the college played a major role in providing raw materials and appropriate information required in their project.
“Determination, ambition, coordination and team spirit enabled us to complete the project in a short period of time.”
“We made the printer in two months using recycled materials. We hope to spread awareness on 3D printing in the community and create job opportunities. We also hope for support from the government and private sectors for such projects to devise 3D printers to fill the shortage in the local market,” he added.
“This 3D printer created in Saham is the first of its kind by any vocational college in the sultanate. It confirms the ability of Omani youth and will enable them to move forward in the field of innovation,” said Adel bin Muhammad al Esai, assistant director of Saham Vocational College.