Its festival season here in India and every one is busy worshipping their favorite Hindu god Ganesh. It’s the time of the year when Hindus bring home an idol of Lord Ganesh and worship it and immerse the idol in water on the 10 days. Till now these Ganesh Idols were made using plaster of paris or clay as they were to be immersed in water, however that was not good enough for geeks. So they decided to make a 3d Printed Ganpati.
Folks at Altem Technologies decided to make the 3d Printed version of the Hindu god of knowledge and wisdom. They 3d scanned 8 different forms of Ganesha and printed the idols using Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) & Polyjet technology based 3D Printers.
These 3d Printed Ganpati idols are at public display at M.G Road Metro Station’s “Rangoli – Metro Art Centre” and would be kept there till 7th Sept 2014. Religion is an integral part of Indian social structure and this is fusion of technology with gods would go a long way in promoting 3d Printing in India.
This is what Mr. Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director of ALTEM Technologies had to say about the 3d Printed Ganpati :
“Lord Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, and as the god of intellect and wisdom. Being the god of beginnings, he is worshiped at the start of rituals and ceremonies. 3D Printing is a technology used right in the beginning of the engineering design cycle to overcome flaws in design & development of new products. Invariably, any product takes 3D Printed form before taking its commercial avatar. Additionally, an idol of Ganesha is one of the most intricate idols in India, which can give the viewer can excellent idea about the possibilities of 3D Printing. Hence, Lord Ganesha is being 3D Printed in this scale for the first time in the country on the occasion of Ganesha Chathurthi.”
They also made a hash tag #3dprintedganesha to promote this effort of theirs. Here’s a short teaser video they launched before they put the 3d Printed Ganpati on display