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SRMIST STUDENTS DEVELOP INKLESS PRINTING TECH PROTOTYPE

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SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District. July 29 th ,2019:
In what is expected to be a huge game changer in the printing industry and related environmental
pollution, Aura Labs team of SRM Institute of Science and Technology has developed a prototype of an
inkless printing technology machine.
The brains behind the invention are Shilpa Thakur (M.Tech, Robotics, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,
SRM KTR) and Shylesh Srinivasan (B.Tech, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SRM)
They plan to float a startup in a few months’ time once the prototype is perfected for commercial
applications. They have come up with a Plasma Carburization Inkless Printing Technology that can print
on paper without using any kind of toxic, consumable and expensive inks or toners. Their Aura Labs
team topped the ten teams at the India Innovation Challenge Design Contest held in Bangalore.
The technology is perceived to be very effective in reducing the generation of Plastic and E-waste
contributed by huge scale of discarded Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges which also would eliminate
the discharge of toxic chemicals contained within them. “We used plasma energy to carbonize the paper
surface instead of chemical inks and toners which pose health hazards when discarded,” said Srinivasan.
Aura Labs of SRMIST was awarded the Chairman’s Award, the First Prize at IICDC conducted by Texas
Instruments India, DST India, IIMBangalore and My Gov India for the Best Innovation and
Technological Impact.
The Award was presented by the Chairman of AICTE, Prof. Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe to Shilpa
Thakur (M.Tech, Robotics, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, SRM KTR) and Shylesh Srinivasan
(B.Tech, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SRM KTR) who had developed
the Inkless Printing Technology. They were selected from 26000 Startup applications from all over the
country.
A total of 1750 colleges participated in the event and 26,000 students took part. Ten thousand projects
were submitted out of which 30 were shortlisted. SRMIST Aura Labs team emerged the winner bagging
the Chairman’s Award.

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