Imaginarium Exploring the Horizons in 3-D Printing

IMAGINARIUM Exploring the
Horizons in 3-D Printing

Tanmay Shah

A leader in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing technology, Imaginarium India houses the largest set up of 3D printers in the country. Having pioneered game changing applications for over 40 industries, Imaginarium has helped disrupt the manufacturing sector by enabling enterprises to prototype faster, design better and realize products in shorter time spans. 

With an entire ecosystem of production services, Imaginarium and its range of industry specific verticals are a platform for ideation and execution that are backed up by decades of expertise. Whether it’s manufacturing exquisite jewellery, innovating engineering applications or saving lives with patient specific solutions, Imaginarium is committed to seamlessly transforming ideas into reality; and creating things that make a difference for an assortment of industries. Imaginarium today caters to more than 40+ industries like automotive, architecture, aerospace, electronics, foundry, medical, jewellery, packaging, lifestyle, consumer good etc. through our expert verticals Precious, Rapid, Life, Solutions, Academy and Ventures.

What is the future of 3D printing around the globe?
According to Wohler’s Report 2016, the market size for 3D printing industry stands at $5.165 billion as of 2015, and is projected to surpass $30.19 billion by 2022. A few noteworthy advancements to watch out for are innovations in direct metal printing which will yield faster and more capable results disrupting the conventional manufacturing system and shorter design to manufacture cycles led by almost 40 times faster machines significantly impact the scalability and affordability. As more and more industries adopt this technology, 3D printing is slated to change the face of consumerism. Perhaps more importantly is another trend – 3D printers becoming mainstream, and everyday products like cutlery, jewellery, decor furniture and possibly even food and designer clothing could be printed right within the confines of your home.

What are the prospects of 3D printing in India?
Development of 3D printing in India has matured in a short time without much support from external sources putting it on the global map. This is merely a result of the vision and perseverance of people who’ve worked towards bringing this revolutionary technology here. Our next step is to experiment with various technologies to make end use products/parts. Industries like Aerospace, Medical, Dental, Automobile and FMCG are already using this revolutionary technology for end products. The market cap for 3D printing is advancing steadily year on year, with the adaptation of this technology very rapidly.

How is 3D helpful in businesses designing and in the manufacturing of products?
The ability to create objects from digital data implies that 3D printing has virtually limitless applications in almost every field. It is changing the way manufacturers think about designing, prototyping or even production. Today it is widely used for rapid prototyping, by the virtue of its impressively short design-to-market turnaround time. Because the the technology offers so much flexibility, it is much easier to realise designs which are stronger and more interesting. Using it extensively for prototyping accelerates the product development cycle, making it easier to efficiently explore multiple options. And low volume production radically improves the chances of launching a new product on a daily basis for focused product teams.

Which are the sectors where 3D printing can prove to be instrumental?
Automotive, aerospace, white goods and even consumer electronics manufacturers are taking full advantage to rapidly introduce more products to the market within a relatively short span of time. 3D printing also finds applications in healthcare. The medical fraternity is touting it as a revolution in patient specific solutions, with customized prosthetics and implants being made available to more and more people with the help of 3D printing.

With technology taking a quantum leap forward across different platforms how has the 3D printing industry grown in the recent past?
According to Wohlers Report 2018: In 2017, the AM industry, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew 21% to $7.336 billion. The growth in 2017 compares to 17.4% growth in 2016 when the industry reached $6.063 billion and 25.9% growth in 2015. The total industry estimate of $7.336 billion excludes internal investments from the likes of Airbus, Adidas, Ford, Toyota, Stryker, and hundreds of other companies, both large and small.

What are the challenges of the industry?
Materials. There are so many technologies available under the umbrella of 3D Printing but all are confined to certain materials. Material innovation is quite a lengthy process and requires an adequate infrastructure. To produce smaller quantities of newer material is not commercially viable, and hence its proving to be quite a challenge. Another challenging task facing designers and engineers is having to navigate through the vast number of technologies and materials that are available in order to determine the solution that is best suited for their application.

Have campaigns like ‘Skill India’ or ‘Make in India’ helped the industry?
These campaigns have definitely been instrumental in throwing light on the manufacturing expertise that companies have in India, something that was being outsourced to other countries. The next step to being more conducive would be the recognition of 3D printing for its manufacturing capacity with regulatory policies and standardisation that is offered to every other industry.



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