The new application has endless possibilities in creating exact replicas of various objects, says Balaji Tammabattula

Three-dimensional images (3D) have always fascinated people. In such a scenario, the development of a new technology in the form of a camera that uses a 3D Sweep Panorama function to capture, generate images from a single sensor/lens digital camera has created a ripple.

The 3D image is then sent to a printing machine that recreates the photographed object just as it is, using polymer plastic dispensed through a tiny tube and works layer by layer to come up with an exact copy. This technology is said to have been developed by a California-based Hyderabadi Balaji Tammabattula, all in a span of just a few minutes.

Speaking to The Hindu over phone from California on Sunday, he said the new technology could work for getting back expensive chinaware, denture sets, any object in the house, rare parts of vintage automobiles. The possibilities were virtually endless, he said.

Typical example

Proffering a typical example, he goes on to add that the 3D image capture and printing technology he has developed, he says if a person loses a ear in an accident, an exact artificial replica could be generated in no time, of the same texture, size and shape that could be implanted later.

With a Masters in Electronics & Computer Sciences from the New York Institute of Technology, Mr. Balaji went on to work extensively within the data storage sector, heading the development of innovative products.

When asked, he said he was in the process of filing a patent and obtain necessary certification.

“The plan is to commercialise the product in about four months, after which it will be manufactured in the US. It sounds amazing when you think you can photograph an object and duplicate it, for real. It just goes to show what can be done when you take existing technology and add a contribution that takes it to the next level,” he said.

The 3D laser scan and print/mould technology has a huge demand in the healthcare sector, aircraft engineering and remote sensing areas and some venture capitalists were already expressing interest, says Mr. Balaji.


  • ‘The new technology has a huge demand in the healthcare sector, aircraft engineering'

  • ‘If a person loses a ear in an accident, an exact artificial replica could be generated in no time'