Swati Suman is a Tech Evangelist, STEM facilitator and an EdTech Professional in 3D Printing, Robotics & AI.
She is the founder & Director at EduIndustry Skills Pvt. Ltd, but also founded PETTSI.ORG,. She volunteers at Prayas, an NGO for the education of unprivileged.
Nora Toure: Swati, could you let us know about your background and your journey to Additive Manufacturing?
Swati Suman: I am a Mechanical Engineer with my post-graduation in Metallurgical & Materials Science Engineering. During my masters, I was into research of titanium alloys for aerospace applications. After learning various manufacturing techniques and their property evaluation, I was fascinated with the way 3D printers were being used for manufacturing and prototyping almost everything. Hence, 3D printing materials became one of my interests which includes titanium alloys for medical implants.
Nora Toure: What is PETTSI (Prayas Emerging Technologies Training & Seeding Initiative) and what is the story behind it?
Swati Suman: PETTSI is a non-profit organization which works towards providing Certificate courses and training workshops in Emerging Technologies (Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Additive Manufacturing technologies) to the students of engineering colleges.
These courses include Classroom Lecture Sessions, Practical Sessions, Hands-on Training, Group Discussion sessions, Projects and Seminars and interaction with industry professionals. Through this venture, we propose an additional agenda to the existing teaching curriculum which in turn will dramatically enhance the placement prospects of the students.
Nora Toure: To date, what would you say is your greatest achievement in Additive Manufacturing?
Swati Suman: I think Bio Printers have been one of the significant achievements we have.
Nora Toure: Have you run into any challenges from being a woman 3D Printing?
Swati Suman: Yes I have. Collaborations are tough. 3D printing is still stuck at prototyping level. People still believe that 3d printing techniques are expensive and time taking irrespective of their niche application in certain fields.
Nora Toure: What makes the 3D printing industry particularly interesting for you?
Swati Suman: The fact that the technology keeps on upgrading itself every year, be it the kind of new filaments or printers.
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