SRMIST students come out with an inkless printing machine
S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
Students of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) who have come up with the innovation of ‘inkless printing machine’ are having plans to establish a startup soon to manufacture that machine.
This machine got its innovators Shilpa Thakur and Shylesh Srinivasan, both students of SRMIST IIDC Chairman’s award in Bangalore recently. They got the award from Professor Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE.
‘What we came up is a proto-type,’ they said. They want to perfect the innovation for commercial purposes before they wish to begin its manufacturing. The innovation is expected to revoultionise the printing industry.
The technology is perceived to be very effective in reducing the generation of Plastic and E-waste contributed by huge scale of discarded printer ink and toner cartridges which also would eliminate the discharge of toxic chemicals contained within them.
‘We used plasma energy to carbonize the paper surface instead of chemical inks and toners which pose health hazards when discarded,’ said Srinivasan. The contest where Shilpa and Shylesh won awards was India Innovation Challenge Design Contest.
The proud duo were selected for the award from 26000 students who came from over 1750 colleges. They submitted over 10,000 projects and 30 of them were shortlisted.