Why 3D Printing Is A Huge Business Opportunity For India ?

The 3D printing material & equipment market in the Asia Pacific is predicted to witness high growth in the coming years

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The 3D printing industry has grown enormously over the past few years. Several sectors like aeronautics, engineering, fashion design, education, healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) have already started adapting 3D printing in their production process.

According to a research by Global Market Insights, the 3D printing material & equipment market in the Asia Pacific is predicted to witness high growth in the coming years, owing to the substantial growth of manufacturing in sectors like automotive and the rapid technological advancements. This surge in 3D printing will create a whole new category of new jobs and investment opportunities.

Considering the growing importance of this industry, Entrepreneur India spoke to a few experts to know why 3D printing is a huge business opportunity in India.

A New Way to Build Products :

The needs of the India market are evolving along with the changes in the lifestyle of the Indian consumer. Companies are realizing the need for quicker and more efficient alternatives. For Anand Prakasam, Country Manager, EOS (EOS Electro Optical Systems) India, Industrial 3D printing has changed the way sectors such as healthcare, dental, aerospace and infrastructure build products.

For example, EOS in collaboration with CSIO developed a medical 3D-printing solution, to design patient-specific implants in segmentation with patient CT-scan data to generate a 3D-CAD model.

Prakasam added that today, additive manufacturing (the industrial version of 3-D printing) is being used to build a variety of products such as shoes, high rise building, and green automotive parts such as engines to handle evolving complexities in present day cars or even dental implants. Players in the manufacturing industry are now striving towards delivering cutting-edge products, that improve productivity and cost efficiency along with delivering consistent quality.

“The outcome of the adoption of industrial 3D printing is the increased importance given to design during the initial phases of manufacturing. It is no more about just delivering a product, it is about building customizable and design-driven components to catalyze this process, something that mere traditional ways of manufacturing cannot,” he said.

Deliver Business Value:

According to Ajay Parikh, Vice President and Business Head, Wipro 3D, in the last few years, apart from mature markets like US and Europe, specific geographies in Asia like China is gaining a lot of momentum in terms of 3D printing ecosystem. Parikh feels India too is catching up.

“Repeatability, choosing the right type of 3D printing technology for the right type of application and use case is going to be a key consideration for business leaders. Eventually, the technology has to provide business value. As we go forward, in terms of tech maturity, you are going to see, increased build speeds, different energy sources, and raw materials and build techniques with a fair degree of democratization as opposed to a limited number of OEMs(Original Equipment Manufacturer) providers that one sees today,” said Parikh.
Wipro 3D is already witnessing good traction with clients in Space, Aerospace, Defense and Automobile. Parikh believes this will accelerate faster in the future.

Disruption In Manufacturing Industry

3D printing is set to localize manufacturing and contribute to the Make in India movement. Ratandeep Singh Bansal, Director, Next Big Innovation Labs shared that 3D printing technology makes such fast iteration based product development possible in the manufacturing space.

As India makes its transition from a service based economy to a product based economy and the focus moves towards creating jobs in the manufacturing sector, 3D printing technology is playing a key role in aiding this transition and can help us compete with established manufacturing based economies like China.

“Although 3D Printing is a space commonly associated with plastics and metals, a plethora of applications can be found in the medical and biotechnology domains. 3D Bioprinting, an emerging subdomain within 3D Printing, utilizes the technology to combine tissue culture and biomaterials to print human cells and tissues. From prosthetics to implants to organ-on-chip devices, 3D Bioprinting is enabling unique applications in the healthcare domain,” said Bansal

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India: First 3D printed titanium vertebrae implant helps 32-year-old woman walk again

Feb 17, 2017 | By Benedict

Doctors in India have helped a 32-year-old woman back onto her feet by rebuilding part of her spine with 3D printed vertebrae in a first-of-its-kind procedure. The patient had been suffering from spinal tuberculosis.

Dr Gopal Kumar and Dr V Anand Naik created a 3D printed titanium vertebrae implant

It takes a certain degree of backbone to be a doctor, but—incredibly—it took just a 3D printer for these Indian doctors to make a backbone for a 32-year-old spinal tuberculosis patient. Using advanced metal 3D printing technology, a surgical team at Medanta The Medicity hospital in Haryana was able to create 3D printed artificial vertebrae for the woman, the first operation of its kind in India.

Under the guidance of Dr V Anand Naik, a senior consultant for spine surgeries at the hospital, the surgical team was able to replace the damaged vertebrae in the patient’s spine, replacing them with a 3D printed titanium version that bridged the gap between the first and fourth cervical vertebrae. “It was a very complex surgery and the patient’s condition was deteriorating by the day,” said Dr Naik. “It would not have been possible to do it without 3D printing technology.”

The female patient, a teacher by trade, was under the knife for a total of 10 hours, a lengthy spell necessitated by the severe damage suffered by the patient’s first, second, and third cervical vertebrae. The extent of this damage meant that there was no skeletal support available between the skull and lower cervical spine.

The patient received a 3D printed implant to combat spinal tuberculosis (image: The Lancet)

“The challenge for our team was to reach high into the neck without altering the position of the patient,” explained Dr Gopal Kumar, a consultant on the operating team. “The anterior approach and small working field, in cases such as these, are a necessity.”

Although such a procedure comes with many risks for the patient, the unnamed 32-year-old had an extra special reason for wanting everything to go smoothly—especially when the surgeons took the scalpel to her neck area: “As the patient is a singer, preservation of laryngeal nerve was of prime importance,” Dr Kumar said. “Swallowing, chewing, and movement of tongue—all were at risk.”

The medical team was able to create 3D printed titanium vertebrae for the patient by first obtaining CT and MRI scans of the damaged spine. 3D design software was then used to transform these scans into printable models, which were then fabricated using an unspecified metal 3D printer. Further testing was then carried out on the 3D printed implant, and help was sought from design teams from India, Sweden, and the US.

Without the 3D printed vertebrae implant, the patient could have lost her singing voice

Twelve days after the surgery, the patient was walking with minimal support and was entirely free of pain. Furthermore, her singing voice has recovered after being threatened with dysphasia, a language disorder brought about by the patient’s tuberculosis.

“This is the first such surgery in India and probably third in the world by using 3D printing technology,” Dr Naik added. “These techniques have opened a new avenue wherein any type of complex reconstruction can be done in the spine with less collateral damages.”

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FRIEDBERG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The German manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems established voxeljet India Pvt. Ltd. in December 2015. The new voxeljet subsidiary is located in Pune, a large automotive and manufacturing center near Mumbai. India’s foundry industry still features a fairly traditional structure. The global popularity and acceptance of the 3D printing technology has led to growing interest in 3D printers and on-demand parts services on the part of the Indian industry.

voxeljet, one of the world’s leading providers of industrial 3D solutions, wants to build up a strong market position in India already at this early stage. Ms. Nidhi Shah, the new Managing Director of voxeljet India, has more than ten years of experience in 3D printing methods and additive manufacturing technology. She plays an important role in establishing the voxeljet brand in India and promoting the development of an operational presence in the market. For this reason, voxeljet will attend IFEX (29 – 31 January 2016) in Coimbatore, one of India’s most important foundry trade shows.

Similar to the already established voxeljet subsidiaries, the company also plans to establish a service center for the on-demand manufacture of 3D-printed molds within the next 18 months. The first phase will focus on the development of the sales and service structure. voxeljet COO Rudolf Franz notes as follows with regard to the global business developments: “After the UK, the US and China, the subsidiary in India represents the next big step in voxeljet’s global growth strategy.”

Company Profile:

voxeljet is a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers. The Company’s 3D printers employ a powder binding, additive manufacturing technology to produce parts using various material sets, which consist of particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents. The Company provides its 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers serving the automotive, aerospace, film and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering and consumer product end markets.

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On 10th, 11th & 12th December 2015 at MSME DEFEXPO 2015, White Orchid Convention Centre, Bangalore, India – National Aerospace Laboratories is demonstrating classical 3D Printed Prototypes for the next generation of Defense Technology. These 3D Printers – Dimension Dual Delta XL were procured by National Aerospace Laboratories from a Home Grown Indian MSME – J Group Robotics exclusively for Design verification & validation of various Aerospace components.

Greatly satisfied with the accuracy of 3D Printers, National Aerospace Laboratories is looking forward to use the J Group Robotics 3D Printing Technology for Wind Tunnel and many more applications which serve the protocol of quality conscious and other approvals. With a great scope of 3D Printing Industry at Aerospace sectors for Moving Components, Rotables, Design Validation and are used in actual product and many more. MSME 3D Printing companies like J Group Robotics shall stand a chance to experiments and collaborate with National Aerospace Laboratories.



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