15-year-old prodigy builds India's first 3D printer and DIY kit

At the age of 15, Angad Daryani, isn’t your usual teenager studying for his SSC exams.

At the age of 15, Angad Daryani, isn’t your usual teenager studying for his SSC exams. Instead, he is a school dropout-turned-entrepreneur. The home-schooled teenager has already built India's first 3D printer using DIY kits and wants to bring 3D printing to every household.

In January, he plans to launch SharkBot, which is said to be “the fastest and most robust desktop 3D printer that can print any material except metal,” reports DNA. He decided to build 3D printer when he realised that people are importing these printers at a very high cost. He revealed that the cost of these printers is less than Rs 30,000. At the moment, he spens four hours every day working on SharkBot and already sells kits to help people make build 3D printers.

Daryani had keen interest in technology from a very young age and built his first humanoid robot when he was just eight year old. He built a remote-controlled hovercraft in Class 6 by watching YouTube videos. By 13, he was building his own versions of the open source RepRap 3D printer. He now owns a company that sells DIY kits and Shark Kits to build just about everything from portable speakers to headphones and power supplies. Daryani told DNA, “Kids don’t learn anything there (in school). I had no satisfaction that I knew things, I couldn’t apply anything I had learned to real life. I quit the formal pattern of studying and am now being home-schooled.

Daryani has been constantly creating and making things ever since he was a child and is an advocate of using open source software and devcies so others can improve and build upon his work. He now builds mechanised products on robotics, automation and electronics technology fests and several other competitions. As for his thoughts on school curriculum, he believes that computer programming should be made compulsory for all students, just like English or Mathematics. On the basis of Daryani's work so far, we are inclined to agree with him.

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