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Wipro 3D develops India's first metal 3D printing machine with IISc

This 3D printing machine works on selective electron beam melting technology and offers higher build rate, better thermal management, higher part density as well as superior mechanical properties. The machine’s benchmarking is underway and likely to be completed in the near future.

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Dec 13, 2019, 07.16 PM IST
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Even though metal 3D printing is still evolving both in India and global markets; the country is emerging as a player in application engineering for 3D-printed components and systems.
Bengaluru: Wipro 3D, the additive manufacturing (AM) business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), have jointly with the Indian Institution of Science (IISc) have developed the country's first industry grade metal additive 3D printing machine.

This 3D printing machine works on selective electron beam melting technology and offers higher build rate, better thermal management, higher part density as well as superior mechanical properties, said the company .

The machine’s benchmarking is underway and likely to be completed in the near future, said the company.

“The country’s first Electron Beam melting powder bed fusion 3D printer, symbolizes Wipro 3D’s constant effort to indigenise,expand and industrialize additive technology,” said Ajay Parikh, vice president and Business Head, Wipro 3D.

Even though metal 3D printing is still evolving both in India and global markets; the country is emerging as a player in application engineering for 3D-printed components and systems. For instance, Wipro 3D is engaged in building certain aerospace components for India, including a thruster for a satellite engine.

Aerospace and defence sectors have seen use plastic 3D printing in the country.

Apart from Wipro 3D, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) 3D printed a plastic replica of the Kaveri engine, engine model and is exploring making components using additive technology.

“We are impressed with the speed that IISc has achieved working with Wipro 3D, to execute the project, for such a cutting edge technology development programme. We commend Wipro 3D and IISc for participating actively in nation building exercise. We expect IISc and Wipro 3D to keep maturing the platform as we go forward so that it can compete globally,” said A R Sihag, secretary, Department of Heavy Industry (DHI).

Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc, said he was “happy to see its collaboration with Wipro 3D culminating in this product development”.

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