New York: For the first time in five years, people of Indian-origin organised a Rath Yatra with bhajans and dancing that reverberated through the streets in St. Louis County, Missouri, a media report said.
On Sunday morning, hundreds of devotees pulled a chariot carrying the statues of three deities from the Krishna Balaram Temple at St. Louis to Queeny Park area, St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.
“One of the things this event represents is that deities, instead of staying in temple, are taken out in public for the purpose of everyone and anyone being able to see them,” Yamuna Jivana Das, one of the event organisers, was quoted as saying.
“We repeat the God’s name with music and dancing so that we can immerse into his heart, so that you don’t think of anything else — complete devotion, you know,” added Nina Desai, a follower from Chesterfield area.
Many of the devotees attended the prayers at the Krishna Balaram Temple that espouses a “Krishna Consciousness” mantra.
Creating glass objects using 3D printing is not easy but a groups of researchers including one of Indian-origin has now used a better technique to produce complex glass objects with addictive manufacturing.
Researchers from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) used the method based on stereolithography, one of the first 3D printing techniques developed during the 1980s.
David Moore, Lorenzo Barbera and Kunal Masania in the Complex Materials group led by ETH processor Andre Studart developed a special resin that contains a plastic and organic molecules to which glass precursors are bonded.
The resin can be processed using commercially available ‘Digital Light Processing’ technology.
This involves irradiating the resin with UV light patterns. Wherever the light strikes the resin, it hardens because the light sensitive components of the polymer resin cross link at the exposed points.
The plastic monomers combine to form a labyrinth like structure, creating the polymer. The ceramic-bearing molecules fill the interstices of this labyrinth, said the team in a paper published in the journal Natural Materials.
An object can thus be built up layer by layer. The researchers can change various parameters in each layer, including pore size.
“We discovered that by accident, but we can use this to directly influence the pore size of the printed object,” said Masania.
These 3D-printed glass objects are still no bigger than a die. Large glass objects, such as bottles, drinking glasses or window panes, cannot be produced in this way “which was not actually the goal of the project,” emphasised Masania.