3D printing is one of the most demanding technologies in today’s world which allows manufacturers to print much more complex designs with the least tools. It reduces the burden on factories and makes production easier and faster in comparison to the traditional ways.
Discussing the prospects of 3D technology in India, Anuj Budhiraja, Country Head, Markforged India said that we need to understand supply chain issues and post covid every organisation does understand that either they have to maintain those kinds of huge inventories or they have to be ready for downtime which no industry can be ready at any cost.
He highlighted the challenges additive technology has, he raised the question by saying, “When we talk about implanting a 3D printing solution, the manufacturing plants are in remote places and the parts are very heavy so the first question came to everybody’s mind can a 3D printer or 3D printed parts handle these kinds of harsh environment, do we have a solution for that, can it support that kind of challenges?”
This is an emerging technology, people are still trying to adopt and trying to learn and understand it.
In the opinion of Bibu Mohanti, Head of Innovation for the aluminum sector of Vedanta Aluminium, the additive technology has given us many advantages but supply chain challenges are there.
Vishwajeet Singh, Lead Technology Specialist, Ansys, said, “In traditional manufacturing, we have a lot of wastage, can we reduce that wastage? Where this AM technology gave the option to us.”
We all went through the hard times of Covid-19, and that time to manufacture products localise was always a challenge for the conventional method of manufacturing and that was the time when 3D printing is lifesaving.
In addition, Saroop Chand, Director, Adroitec Information Systems, described 3D printing as a service provider, he said that typically you would see very big factories where thousands of machines would be kept for cutting the parts from the block of the material. In 3D Printing, it has been changed globally, in this technology you can make a powder or a wire without a tool you start melting it and printing it out layer by layer to give any geometry and you don’t need factories for that.