India continues to place a growing emphasis on the expansion of 3D printing, from the study of materials to bioprinting, as well as creating critical medical devices, surgical guides, and much more. And just as many other government organizations, labs, and industries are discovering the benefits of metal 3D printing, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Wipro 3D have just announced over the weekend that they are launching a major collaboration to build an industrial-grade metal 3D printer. The system has been built over the course of a three-year secret partnership and is currently undergoing testing.
According to Wipro 3D, the Bengaluru-headquartered leader in additive manufacturing solutions for India, this will the first metal 3D printer of its kind, emerging after the opening of their new ‘solution and experience center’ for metal additive manufacturing just last year.
“The country’s first 3D printing machine works on selective electron beam melting technology and offers higher build rate, better thermal management, higher density and superior mechanical properties,” explained the two organizations in their recent announcement about the partnership for metal AM development.
As Wipro 3D, the AM business side of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and the IISc begin their latest industrial hardware endeavor, Ajay Parikh, Wipro 3D business head, has commented that the new 3D printing facility will be undergoing benchmarking as they focus on pushing additive printing technology to the forefront in their country.
“The Government of India, Department of Heavy Industries has been instrumental in enabling such an important program. We are happy to see our collaboration with Wipro 3D has culminated in this product development,” said Anurag Kumar, IISc director, emphasizing further that their science research institute collaborates with businesses as they look for potential in new research, development, and production.
A.R. Sihag, the Department of Heavy Industries Secretary, also commented on the collaboration, pointing out that the efforts between IISc and Wipro 3D should ‘mature enough to compete in the future globally.’
While the IISc is an academic institution engaged in ‘training future leaders in science and technology,’ Wipro 3D offers services in additive manufacturing, product engineering, and consulting to a range of industries. They also specialize in creating AM and research and development centers. We have followed the progress of Wipro 3D throughout the years as the $8 billion Indian technology company, founded in 2012, has continued to pick up steam within the 3D printing realm—also operating as a leader in information technology overall.
Metal 3D printing continues to expand as businesses, researchers, and users around the globe continue to refine its uses for many different applications—from automotive to aerospace, and far beyond. While traditional parts can be produced more affordably, faster, and are now stronger and lighter in weight when necessary, many different components are now being manufactured that simply were not possible with conventional methods.
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