3D printing is child’s play
Today, we’d like to tip our hat to Ritik Mehta, a 14 year old kid from Belgium who has been busy working with a charity to design, print and distribute recyclable 3D spectacles for kids in poverty overseas. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Ritik is also a teacher, showing other children how to create their own 3D designs.
What we particularly like about this story is how this teenager - albeit with a significant amount of support, networking and investment from his father, Deepak Mehta - taught himself how to get the best out of Autodesk’s browser-based 3D design tool, Tinkercad. Discovering a passion for design and laser-cutting aged 10 (as you do), and having just started to wear glasses himself, Ritik decided to print his own personalised frames. A fascination with design led to an iterative approach to creating more functional glasses - after a fundraiser for Eyes For The World charity, Ritik has continued his involvement with the charity to help solve some of the design challenges around getting the glasses printed in impoverished areas of the Asian and African continents.
From Ritik’s TEDxYouth talk in Belgium: ‘The most important thing I learned was that you should not be afraid to fail, and that you had to learn from you mistakes and move on.’ Well said, young man.
(via What Kids Can Teach Us About Tinkercad And The Future Of 3D Printing)