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I was merely 13 years old when I fell in love with the concept of programming. My school had just become one of the first in the country to get a computer terminal. The machine was really huge and slow, and it didn’t even have a screen—but I was hooked.
My friends and I would spend hours creating new programs and plugging away in BASIC. It wasn’t until a friend of mine ended up taking an after-school computer class that I really began to understand the concept of computer programming. Three days a week, after he had finished his homework, he would grab a roll of tinfoil and a marker and rush to the back of the classroom. He would then use the marker as a light gun and shoot at the light on the terminal screen, where the teacher had written code for a program. They were learning basic computer programming, using the terminal’s sophisticated BASIC shell as a debugging tool to detect bugs.
I really loved that class and was very upset when I was told I couldn’t enrol in it. The class was only available to advanced students and I had to complete high school first before I could take it.
But since I was really fascinated, I already knew what I would do after I graduated high school. My parents had always wanted me to get a university degree, but I saw no future in that as a career, so I decided to apply to the local community college and start taking computer science classes instead.
I was a shining star in those classes. I solved every problem and I solved them in the fastest time I possibly could. My grades were perfect. But, as someone pointed out, I was never going to be a good programmer or designer—my skills were more in the hands-on, “get your hands dirty” field. Unfortunately, that was not my forte.
After one of my classes, a group of us were discussing what high schools we all came from and one of my friends showed me the technology portfolio she had done for her high school’s Print Shop. I had heard about 3D printers but, back then, I had no idea what they were or what they even did. Now I was beginning to grasp the concept.
The Print Shop was created in the late ‘70s by Don Tait, a teacher at another school in the area. The program was the brainchild of Tait; he had been one of the students in Don’s programming class. Students would set up shop in the school’s library after school, and the school would fund them to create small mechanical machines. The machines were usually the size of a small tricycle, and they would create items such as key chains, mice, and games. Students spent hours in the Print Shop, literally painting and sculpting and creating those little machines.
I went home that night and explained the entire concept of 3D printing to my parents and my Dad was very interested. He said that he had used a 3D printer he got from an ANZAC day event at the local army museum back in the day, and he filled out a form on the 3D printer website. A few days later they received a postal order in the mail, and they immediately began to set up the printer. Soon, however, it became apparent that my Dad wasn’t very good at it. He had purchased the cheapest printer possible on the website, and really didn’t know how it worked, and it soon became clear why. He didn’t know the process of creating a resin printing object, so when the resin was burnt, he never knew what to do. After about a month, he gave up.
My parents were very disappointed with him, and he decided not to follow through any further.
But I remained fascinated with 3D printing, so I started going to the Print Shop at our local library more often, learning everything I could about it. After I was finished with high school, I decided to do a university degree in computer science. I was excited about how great 3D printing could be for our economy and how beneficial it would be if we could use it to create tiny parts. And I also knew that 3D printing was going to be an absolute game-changer for the world. We finally had the solution to the problem of oil, supply-side economics, and many other issues that had for too long plagued our world.
Today, 3D printing is becoming very widespread, especially with all of the enthusiastic and rapid news coverage. People are coming out of the woodwork, trying to get a hold of one. They want to purchase their own 3D printers for the medical field and end up not understanding how the process works.
I know we are a long way off from the day when most of us will have our own 3D printers. But it is clear that we are approaching that day sooner than we might have imagined and sooner than we might like.
My hopes for the future? Obviously, my answer to this is 4D printing. 4D printing will create a new symbiotic relationship between the people and the environment, an immensely positive shift from how we currently conduct ourselves, towards a more sustainable existence. Those who can imagine the world of the future tend to be impatient, hopeful, and confident.
I believe that I will figure out how to use a 4D printer for 4D printing when it launches, and, if I do, no doubt I will be very pleased with the fruits of my labour.
ABOUT THE LEGEND
Digital Marketing Legend "Srinidhi Ranganathan" is the Director of Digital Marketing at First Look Digital Marketing Solutions (India's First Artificial Intelligence Powered Digital Marketing company) located in Bangalore and is one of the top instructors in India who is teaching futuristic marketing-related courses on Udemy. He is a Technologist, Digital Marketing Coach, Author, and Video Creation Specialist with over 12+ years of experience and has worked at top companies in India.
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