Evolution of 3d printing technology and the indian industry


 3D printing technology that literally took us over the moon is yet to create a firm footing in the Indian industry.

3D Printing has revolutionized the way products are built. It is used extensively for ideation, envisioning the product design with a model in hand. It is possible to create functional models, which makes it easy for the designers and engineers to validate the product designs and identify the errors which otherwise would not have been noticed in virtual simulation and analysis, especially the design fallacies related to fit, form and ergonomics. With a wide range of materials available in different colors, the companies can now create models that are astonishingly close to the real or final product. Adopting 3D printing earlier the design cycle helps companies

  1. Reduce the cost of change and cost of error by identifying and rectifying design errors earlier in the design cycle.
  2. Compress their design and development cycle time.
  3.  Build robust products with superior functionality.
  4.  Build jigs and fixtures to aid production line and quality control inspection fixtures.
  5. Build products with great aesthetic appeal.
  6.  Boost product design Innovation.
  7. Optimize development costs, and And hit the market early.

3D printing approach to validate product design is much more accurate, precise and less time consuming than traditional methodologies of model creation or CNC machining. It helps companies exert better quality control on product design and performance. Companies now do not have to engage m trial a batch production, which not only is time consuming but also is an extremely expensive way to test product performance. They now can opt for final batch productions as their designs have already been validated at earlier stages. This has eased manufacturing and helped companies optimize time and costs of development.

3D printing thus Improves efficiency, saves time and money while enhancing the product design and performance. Moreover, 3D printing can also aid in manufacturing products for end-use applications, making it ideal for small batch productions. Faster to develop, easy to amend designs, and highly customizable and yet robust m strength, it makes for a perfect approach to produce products for end use application, e.g., jigs, and fixtures. Besides the product design and development applications, 3D printing also finds significant use m the tooling industry. Right from using high temperature materials such as production grade plastics to develop mould Inserts for short batch pro ductions using the actual end use materials, to developing Source : Stratasys Source : Stratasys accurate patterns for the casting and forging Industry, 3D printing technology is penetrating deeper into the manufacturing industry thus becoming an integral part of product design, development and manufacturing.

Today, 3D printing finds its applications not just m product development and manufacturing, but is also being Increasingly adopted by companies from wide range of industries such as medical and healthcare, infrastructure development, aerospace and defense, space to even the fashion industry. 3D printing has transcended not just the way companies' build products, but through its medical applications it has also contributed significantly in bettering and enriching human lives.

3D printing today finds applications in multitude work areas such as, it is used by surgeons for mock surgeries, is being used for dental implants to prosthetics and for developing arms and leg supports. It is also being used to produce end use parts for aircrafts and space satellites; 3D printing is being widely adopted by the architects to develop model houses or build office spaces to even being considered as final building technique; and it also finds multiple applications in fashion industry right from creating 3D printed garments and apparels to fashion jewellery. Source : Stratasys


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