3D Printing – A New Dimension

3D Printing – A New Dimension

3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process that uses a digital design to create a physical product. The major 3D Printing technologies, and materials available, are based on the principle of creating a solid three-dimensional physical object by adding layers of material, one layer at a time.

How does 3D Printing work?

As with any form of artistic creation, we begin with a blueprint that guides us in creating the desired end product. Similarly, any 3D Print begins as a digital design, divided into countless horizontal layers before being sent to the 3D Printer, which begins to carefully print our product – layer by lay- er!

Based on the technology available, the printing process uses a variety of materials, ranging from plastics to rubber, sandstone, metals and alloys – with more and more options appearing on the market every year!

What caused today’s 3D Printing hype?

In 2009, expiry of the patent for fused deposition modelling (FDM), possibly the most common 3D Printing technology, resulted in 3D Printing moving beyond the industrial manufacturing space. As more manufacturers turned towards this technology, the price of having your own 3D Printer plummeted. Technology that once cost over hundreds of thousands of dollars was now available for less than $2000, marking the rise of the 3D Printing era.

As expected, the world has seen a steady rise in 3D Printer sales, and has been growing ever since. We currently have over 3,00,000 consumer 3D Printers in the world, and this figure shows no sign of slowing down as we discover more technological innovations in the years to come.

The Pros and Cons of 3D Printing

The rapidly evolving technology of 3D Printing comes with a vast collection of benefits, but also presents its own unique set of challenges in manufacturing.

Pros of 3D Printing

• Ability to create complex designs
• Customisation of each and every detail
• Lower Fixed Costs, with no need for tools & hardware • Rapid Response in Prototyping
• Less Wastage from Production

Cons of 3D Printing

• Higher costs for large production facilities
• Less choice in Materials, Colours, Finish etc. • Limited Endurance & Strength
• Less Precision & Control during process

The Potential Usage of 3D Printing?

The benefits of 3D Printing extend past the boundaries of industry or profession, providing value to each and every one of us, in some way or another. Here are a few of its potential uses –

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Medical Manufacturing

Prosthetic Manufacturers

Doctors

Dentists

Construction

Improved Infrastructure in Developing Areas

Automobile Manufacturing

Motor Vehicle Manufacturers

Aerospace Manufacturers

Art & Design

Engineers

Architects

Product Designers

Interior Decorators

Consumer Goods

Clothing Manufacturers

Home Utensil Manufacturers

Comfort & Leisure Goods

Education

Learning Tool for Infants,

Students, Professionals

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Turning Dreams Into Reality – Experiencing Virtual Reality

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What is Virtual Reality?

Technology is constantly evolving to make the user experience as seamless and effortless as possible. From the introduction of personal computers to the smartphone revolution, we’ve seen how technology has consistently grown more capable and provides accessibility to people all around the world. We’re steadily gaining access to forms of technology that previously only seemed possible in our favourite science-fiction movies; introducing the impressive, immersive world of Virtual Reality.

How does it work?

The concept of Virtual Reality is based on a digital, computer-generated environment that can be designed according to the creator’s wish.

For example, a computer-generated ‘desert island’ will provide the VR user with an visual representation of the scene, allowing the user to realistically feel as if they are stranded on a deserted island.

VR utilises a headset that fits around the user’s head, over their eyes, and separates the visual senses from the environment they are present in. Based on the media provided to the headset’s screen, the user is provided with an extremely convincing immersive experience, creating a world of potential to harness! VR allows users to visit Mount Everest, take a journey through Outer Space and immerse themselves in an engaging video game – all from the comfort of their living room.

How can I use it?

The technology behind VR has been the focus of many software developers around the world. While the usual VR setup will require the support of sophisticated hardware, there are more and more ways for an individual consumer to get a taste of the VR experience!

Google Cardboard

The driving force behind technological evolution is to assist the common man, and no company has embodied this spirit better than Google. By repurposing a simple piece of cardboard and a pair of cheap, embedded lenses, individuals can now experience VR through the help of Google Cardboard. The headset allows users to place their smartphones in such a way that the screen is held up to the user’s face, providing a makeshift VR experience. While it may not be completely immersive, Google Cardboard serves as an excellent first step towards bringing this technology to the masses in an affordable way.

Virtual Reality Headsets

There are more sophisticated devices in the market that provide both auditory and visual senses with an immersive experience. Devices such as the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Sony’s Playstation VR will cost you upwards of Rs.25,000/- and will need to connect with your PC or Gaming Console in order to be used. These headsets provide a better understanding of the technological capabilities of VR, as they allow a completely immersive experience, including the use

of arms and legs to interact with the environment. While they are significantly more expensive, these devices stand as the most accurate, effective uses of immersive Virtual Reality technology.

Impact of VR

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The video game industry may have been the first enthusiastic propagators of Virtual Reality, but it is by no means a technology restricted to children’s entertainment. Just as technology is bridging the gaps in various industries, like with 3-D Printing, Digital Currencies, Data Storage etc., it is creating an entirely new dimension in experiential marketing, advertising and information dissemination. The possibilities of this brand new medium are near endless. Here are a few primary examples of its implementation –

Be it blockbuster films from around the world, or live musical / theatrical performances. VR offers a way to bring these experiences to your living room. Special cameras are being developed to capture a 360′ view of these experiences, and to subsequently stream them to users around the world. With the added aspect of being interactive, the film industry may completely evolve with VR.


Possibly the most common example of VR implementation, video games allow developers to test the boundaries of immersive, entertainment experiences. More than the obvious enhancement in experience. VR lowers the barriers to entry for individuals less informed of video games. With the freedom of exploration and discovery. VR allows players to easily interact with these simulated environments and, somewhat literally, enjoy an out-of-this-world experience.


There is no end to the potential of VR in fields of Science. From fields of Medicine to Astronomy, the educational and experiential capabilities of VR is astounding. This technology allows individuals to gain a thorough understanding of both; the theoretical and the practical implementation of certain fields, through an immersive experience. Imagine being able to visit ancient Archeological sites around the world, or perform complicated surgical procedures, from the comfort of your classroom!


VR removes all physical limitations involved in an experience, which allows prospective buyers to gain the most informed opinion on any given purchase. From the Real Estate market allowing prospective home-owners to physically place themselves in potential flats, to the average Online Consumer being able to virtually ‘try on’ an infinite number of products before purchasing, VR is the solution.


Virtual Tourism is another aspect of VR that has remarkable potential for success, as it allows individuals to be transported to the location of their choice! Whether its a romantic evening in Paris, or an exhilarating trek up the Himalayas, users will be able to have a taste of what these experiences offer. Aside from the obvious experiential marketing potential of such a tool, VR also allows users to accurately share memories and experiences with their loved ones, offering a world of convenience to people unable to travel. We’re not even too far from the day where we’ll be able to record a 3602 live feed of our own memories, to be later enjoyed with full control.


VR allows artists to step into their canvas and interact with their creations. The level of control that designers will have increases, as they can now examine their designs with added precision and accuracy. Its tools of collaboration also allow artists to share their work effectively, and create an efficient method of sharing 3-D designs and concepts.


VR provides us with the most effective tool to understand human psychology, and provide an individual with the environment needed to stay calm and reflect on their thoughts. As the world grows more conscious of mental illnesses and the psychological effects of experiences, it comes as no surprise that VR is being utilised to best approach these issues. VR allows an individual to simulate a place of serenity, or to safely explore otherwise uncomfortable, unapproachable topics. This level of control will allow medical professionals to not only effectively diagnose problems, but also tailor-make the ideal solutions for each patient.


The future of technology is promising, and there are an infinite number of ways in which technology will evolve in the years to come. As is the case with any technological revolution, we must bear in mind the potential benefits and threats of an over-reliance on technology. Most importantly, we have the privilege of being here to witness this great step towards the future, and must fully understand how to be a part of it.

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An Introduction To Bitcoin

An Introduction To Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the newest form of digital currency, or ‘cryptocurrency’, capable of operating without having to rely on a bank account, or any government body, to process the transaction. In under fifteen minutes, a Bitcoin transaction can be completed between buyers and sellers across the world. These transactions incur minimal processing fees, allowing both parties to have complete, unrestricted control over their funds.

How does it work?

Bitcoin, or ‘BTC’ transactions are facilitated through a Digital Wallet, that provides users with a unique address. These digital currencies can be transferred from one wallet to another, in almost no time! Here are the steps to begin your Bitcoin experience –

• Download an official Digital Wallet, and obtain your Bitcoin address.

• Earn or procure Bitcoins through a number of exchange services, at the current exchange rates.

• Transfer Bitcoin to a merchant or friend by adding their provided BTC address.

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What are the benefits of using Bitcoin?

  • Payment Independence – Bitcoin allows users to transfer money to and from any part of the world, with no worries about any Political, Socio-Economic or other restrictions usually faced when transferring money. As there is no intervening central authority, it is completely possible for Bitcoin users to experience full independence in their financial transactions.
  • Counterfeit-proof – Bitcoins are entirely digital, with no reliance on a physical form for transactions and trading. This ensures that they are free from the risk of counterfeiting, as digital currencies are protected by sophisticated systems that prevent tampering or duplicating the currency in any way.
  • Security & Control – There is safety in using Bitcoin as it allows users complete control over their transactions. Users are free from the threat of any taxes or extra fees being levied on their transactions, without adequate notice. A Merchant can only add these additional charges once Customer Approval is received for the same.
  • Anonymity & Identity Theft – There is no personal information or data that is attached to these digital currency transactions, which helps protect users against identity theft or forgery. Through sophisticated encryptions and back-ups, it is possible to completely protect Bitcoin and ensure the safety of your transactions.
  • Transparency – Every finalised Bitcoin transaction is visible to everyone, with only the user details being hidden. Every user’s public address can be monitored, allowing full transparency in transactions and the ability to verify the Bitcoin blockchain.
  • Low Processing Fees – Bitcoin transactions incur little to no processing fees whatsoever. While users have the option of including charges to encourage a quicker processing period, there is no obligation for parties to do so. The purpose of this fee is to establish which high priority transactions that require network attention and faster processing times. There are also Digital Currency Exchanges that help merchants process their transactions by converting Bitcoin to a ‘flat currency’, and these services usually incur lower fees than the average credit card transaction.
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Your Personal Guide to Cyber Security

Your Personal Guide to Cyber Security

Our vast, interconnected network of information needs to be protected and kept secure, to ensure the combined safety of individuals and governments.

011. Password Practices
Always ensure that your passwords are complicated, to prevent it being easily deciphered by a potential threat. By choosing a password that incorporates Upper and Lower case alphabets, as well as Numbers and Special Characters, your password will be very difficult to crack.
Make sure that each password is unique and not repeated across different platforms, as it will only increase the likelihood of a threat gaining access to more than one account. Even modifying individual characters is risky as there are effective ways to decode it.
Many websites encourage you to periodically update your password, to increase the security of your account. Stay a step ahead of the game by making sure to regularly update your passwords and be free from the risk of being hacked.
Most importantly, type your password in every time instead of saving it in your browser as this is the easiest information to access from your browser data.

012. Tighten Your Security & Privacy Settings
Privacy Settings are a very useful tool that can be found on every major social media platform. These Privacy options are regularly updated and are often overlooked by users, as they tend to gloss over pop-ups and notifications about the same. Be more conscious of which social media accounts are linked to apps that access your data and are vulnerable to an attack.
It is important to avoid half measures and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your information, even if it means an additional effort on your part. A Two-Step Verification or Authentication is often suggested by social media apps and websites as a way to further your security. This is very important as
• You receive a text message or app notification with a verification code to be entered in order to access your account.
• You’ll be asked to specify your trusted device(s) to receive the code, e.g. personal Phone or Tablet, that only you have access to.

013. Security Program / Software
The minimum requirement today is a good virus protection program, as our daily browsing puts us at risk of receiving numerous viruses. Most anti-virus softwares also come with an effective Privacy measures to protect your data from harmful programs and unauthorised access.
Similar to obtaining insurance against items of value, it is necessary to take precautions to protect your digital information and sensitive data.

014. Regularly Install Updates
Every application, website or Operating System is regularly updated to incorporate the latest software improvements and changes. By updating when required, you are ensuring your systems are equipped to remain secure and stable in the face of potential threats.
Software updates will always include a description of what the update includes, in terms of incorporating changes and working out existing bugs and issues. If there are any mentions of Security-related fixes, ensure that you update your account / system accordingly.

015. Never Simply Click On Any Link
Phishing is the method that tempts users to click on a flashing button / message, which is actually a malicious URL that uploads a virus to the system or attempts accessing its information. Be extremely careful and particular with any URLs that are sent by banks or other entities that could request sensitive information or personal credentials.
Also, be suspicious of messages received from unknown users via email or social media platforms, as this is the easiest way to get users to click on links or provide login details.By being responsible and thorough, you will be protecting yourself from all cybersecurity threats more effectively than the best anti-virus softwares in the market!

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A Beginner’s Guide to GST

We currently stand at the beginning of a new chapter in the history books, as we witness one of
India’s biggest fiscal reforms since we gained Independence; introducing GST.
Goods & Services Tax, or GST, is the Indian Govt.’s solution to the complex tax structure that has
existed for decades. The impact of this new Indirect Tax regime will be felt across the sector by all
businesses, small and large. The aim of GST is to subsume and replace existing Indirect Taxes,
such as Excise Duties, VAT, and Service Tax, and will be levied on both goods and services alike.
GST provides a wide range of benefits to the following stakeholders –
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Employees
* The average salaried person will face GST on almost all of their regular expenses, right from
Food & Beverage to Entertainment.
* The rate of GST varies according to multiple factors influencing a specific sector. Employee
expenditure will either rise or fall based on the rate of GST.
* Employees will benefit from a simpler tax breakdown on their purchases, as they no longer have
to worry about multiple taxes and can simply focus on the GST charged. Instead of having to
encounter multiple different taxes, such as Entertainment Tax, Luxury Tax, Service Tax, VAT etc.,
individuals now only have to worry about GST.
* GST has no influence on Income Tax or Tax Deducted at Source, as it is an Indirect Tax.
Companies
* GST lowers the cost of doing business, as Suppliers, Manufacturers, Retailers and Wholesalers
have the opportunity to recover the GST incurred on their input costs, in the form of Tax Credits.
* Companies present in the unorganised sector will also be brought under this Tax Regime,
ensuring a more organised system.
* Exports will benefit as from GST as they are zero-rated for taxes, in order to encourage their
ability to compete in the international market. The resulting fall in manufacturing costs, on Goods
and Services, under GST will allow these Indian products to hold a competitive edge around the
world.
* GST will simplify the tax procedure for companies who no longer have to pay dozens of different
kinds of taxes, as was the case in the previous tax regime.
* Areas of business such as Consumption (Warehousing) and Logistics (movement of Heavy
Vehicles) would benefit from GST, while a positive impact will be felt due to lower Duties onConstruction material and large-scale Industrial Manufacturing.
Common Man
* The new GST regime is expected to create over 1,00,000 immediate new employment
opportunities, offering the market an overall boost and benefitting specialised roles such as
Taxation, Accounting and Data Analysis etc.
* The need for GST specialists will undoubtedly arise, creating a significant number of job
opportunities for professionals trained in GST Management, Up-gradation and Reconciliations.
* Maximum creation of new jobs will be seen in sectors with a High Demand (E-Commerce,
Logistics) and a High Profitability Rate (Cement Industry).
* Studies show that GST will lead to an overall growth of 11% in Hiring, across sectors.
* The lower tax burden from GST will ultimately translate into lower prices on consumer goods,
and the consumer will be free from the issue of cascading taxes.
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* The implementation of GST has the potential to successfully integrate the Indian economy and
establish a common national market.
* GST is capable of uniting the entire Indian market, which will lead to lower business costs.
* GST will reduce numerous transaction costs, thereby lowering the overall cost of business.
* Export-oriented businesses will benefit greatly as GST is not applied on exported goods and
services.
* A huge advantage of GST is its ability to even out the tax structures of various states, and
remove the location bias that currently exists. This allows companies to establish factories,
premises in their preferred locations, with no hesitation about the potential taxes faced by them.
* The introduction of GST helps detach the question of taxes from your investment decision,
allowing even undeveloped locations to attract new businesses and investment.
* Digital Services will have the opportunity to thrive in a market free from multiple levies.
GST Impact on Income Tax
* Indirect Tax includes all the Goods and Services which we use in our daily lives, whereas Direct
Tax is paid on your annual income. As it is strictly an Indirect Tax, GST has no influence on
Income Tax or Tax Deducted at Source.
* Proprietor Companies will be affected by GST, if not registered, as all income will be calculated
as income of the Owner.
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GST Impact on E-Commerce
* GST will encourage the free movement and supply of goods in every part of the country, in the
form of a single, unified market across India, and will increase efficiency in product costs by
eliminating the cascading effect of taxes on customers.
GST Impact on Telecoms
* GST will provide Handset makers with an increased ease of doing business, as there will be no
need to set up warehouses in each State. The reduction in Handset prices will also allow
Manufacturers to afford more cost benefits to consumers, thanks to warehouse consolidation and
efficient inventory management.
GST Impact on Technology
* Through GST, the elimination of multiple levies will benefit the IT sector greatly by allowing a
deeper penetration of Digital Services.
GST has caused an –
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• Increase in GDP
• Increase in Production
• Increase in Employment
• Increase in Govt. Revenue
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The general public stands to greatly benefit from GST, and the notion of ‘One Tax, One India’.
Overall, the positive impact of GST will ensure access to goods and services, at competitive and
affordable rates, and will improve the quality life of every Indian citizen.

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6 Reasons why Cyberpark offers an inspiring workplace

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6 Reasons why Cyberpark offers an inspiring workplace

Inspiration abounds everywhere at Cyberpark, Kozhikode, with a design that fosters individualistic streak, team dynamics, and business growth.

Even before its completion, Cyberpark won many hearts and convinced many more of its innate ability to spread cheer and wellness all around. They say that a good design is progressive and helps explore news approaches to living and working. In Kozhikode, Cyberpark is making a statement: its every element, every angle, pathway, lobby, sit-out and many more are in the right places to connect people and business. Look what Cyberpark has to offer for inspiring people within:

  1. Design that fosters a unique entrepreneurial spirit: The first thing that strikes a beholder is that Cyberpark is geared to meet the challenges of the changing workplace. Spaces that foster collaboration, conversation and variety have a huge impact on perspective towards work. When it comes to workplace design, much of the IT world follows the conventional thinking set by US-based companies a decade ago. Cyberpark has ditched the concept of “one-size-fits-all” in office spaces to enable companies to think beyond office chairs and cubicles. With unique design traits, Cyberpark empowers people to think, feel and act as entrepreneurs.
  2. Great views that inspire change: In Kerala, the art is in the outdoors. Remember that there are companies in Bengaluru and Chennai that wouldn’t think twice to pay a premium for great vistas—they often settle for spaces overlooking noisy business districts and traffic. Cut to Kerala. Cyberpark is surrounded by verdant greenery that makes you feel like a tourist all year around.
  3. Natural lighting for efficient workspaces: How many buildings are sensitive enough to cut down on florescent lighting? Be it a nook or cranny, exposure to natural light improves workplace performance and comfort. Cyberpark’s design provides staff with natural light and individual views of the landscape through floor-to-ceiling glazing.
  4. Flexibility that encourages connection: Workspaces need to bring people and technology together: open lines of sight and proximity to other zones are a plus in today’s workplace environment. With a progressive design and well-appointed details, Cyberpark provides flexible and adaptable spaces that support both technology and people. Its innovative design fits all work styles and businesses—from startup companies to fast-growing global enterprises.
  5. Freedom to move around: The changing workspaces of today cater to the individual’s need for creativity and freedom. Cyberpark provides the conditions that stimulate and sustain a creative, highly motivated workforce. Today, to work out a solution or to study a problem, people need space that enables them to move around, relax, and brainstorm. This aspect is inherent in the form and functionality of Cyberpark.
  6. Spaces for people: People—not furniture or fixtures and fittings—determine the space that a business needs. We spend a third of our lives at work; it has a huge impact on our health and outlook. To cater to the changing physical demands of workspace, Cyberpark provides a people-centric setup that encourages the development of high-performance organizations. As companies become more aware of the importance of staff well-being, the environment plays a crucial role in determining both the organizational and individual success. 

When it comes to providing workspaces that engage and inspire, Cyberpark in Kozhikode is a cut above the other IT parks in the region. It boasts natural advantages and inherent strengths that help companies to create opportunities and foster growth. To know more about Cyberpark, visit their page here: http://www.cyberparkkerala.org

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