Stars of Science puts a spotlight on 3D-printing

Lebanese mechanical engineer Sevag Babikan pulls ahead in edutainment show with his 3D-printing device capable of benefitting many industries.

Sevag Babikan, a mechanical engineer from Lebanon, makes his 3D-printing pitch.
Sevag Babikan, a mechanical engineer from Lebanon, makes his 3D-printing pitch.

Stars of Science, a science-based TV competition sponsored by the Qatar Foundation, saw audiences watching the latest show back Sevag Babikan, a mechanical engineer from Lebanon who wants to revolutionise the world of 3D printing.

Sevag’s “modifix” is a device that could be a breakthrough for various industry, including parts supply in the construction segment, by streamlining the way 3D printers make complicated structures, resulting in faster, more innovative 3D printing.

Only recently, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced plans to start 3D-printing parts for the subsystems of vending machines, gates, and applications on the Dubai Metro – and similar projects are underway in many other segments.

The other competitors, Saif Al Farai of Oman and Yazi Alalo of Syria, presented similarly meaningful prototypes, but there could only be one winner, and following a heated debate - Sevag pulled ahead of his two rivals.

Saif’s invention “Baseer” reads Arabic text and converts itin to Braille, while Yazi’s prototype, named “foodi”, involved a chemical indicator to determine whether stored fish is safe for consumption.

Sevag Babikan now proceeds to the customer validation round, showing on Saturday, November 5, where he will compete with Ahmad Elkhatat and Ghassan Yousef over two finalist spots.

Saif Al Farai also qualified, and will compete with Abderrahim Bourouis and Sadeem Qdaisat to avoid elimination as the two remaining finalists are determined.

The final four innovators will earn a share of a $600,000 prize based on jury and online public voting in the finale episode. The next episode airs on Saturday, November 5 at 10:30pm KSA/ 7:30pm GMT on MBC4.

The Arab language edutainment’ reality TV show, now in its eight series, is aimed at driving greater interest in science and technology in the Arab world.

The show has accelerated the careers of many Arab entrepreneurs, and its alumni have incorporated 21 companies and raised over $9m in funding to support the development of projects.

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