3D printing and print electronics course

3D printing and print electronics course

Under an agreement signed recently between All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC) to provide training in 3D printing and print electronics, a batch of seven trainees left for China on 20 May 2017. The highly subsidized training schedule has been specially fabricated for the members and other print entrepreneurs of the country.

The first batch of training is being conducted from 22 May to 18 August. Kamal Chopra, president AIFMP graced the send-off ceremony in Delhi. Chopra said it is for the first time ever that the AIFMP has brought such an opportunity for the print professionals in India as adequate training in both 3D printing and printed electronics is not available in the country.

The course studies include lecture, demonstrations and practical workshops on advance printing technologies relating to 3D printing and printed electronics as well as visit to a range of printing companies using these techniques will.

The next batch of the training is scheduled to commence in the month of September 2017 and registration is open for the same. Total tuition fee for the three-month training is 10,000 yuan (US$ 1500), or approximately Rs. 1 lac. Hostel facilities are also available for the students at BIGC. Students will have to pay for visa, air-ticket and a non-refundable pre-deposit of 750 yuan (US$ 230) towards admission fees, health insurance, etc. AIFMP will also charge Rs. 5,000 as non-refundable registration charges. No formal qualification is essential; however, experience at a printing or packaging unit or basic knowledge of printing industry is essential. The course will be delivered in English and so an ability to communicate and understand in English language is required.

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