3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a 3-dimensional digital model, usually by laying many successive layers of a material. It is also known as additive manufacturing.
Prototypes and concept models are created significantly faster which leads to cost saving.
MOLDS & TOOLING
Molds, patterns, jigs, fixtures and other tooling equipment can be created at a significantly lower cost with less wastage.
DIRECT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING (DDM)
Here, electronic digital representation is transformed into a final product. Aerospace, automotive, healthcare, toys, arts & crafts, designer goods and fashion are some of the industries that utilise this technology.
By 2020, 1 million personal 3D printers are expected to be sold. Thermoplastic & thermoplastic composites are the main raw materials in this category.
WHAT IS MAHINDRA DOING IN THIS SPACE?
Mahindra has installed a ‘Stratasys - Fortus 900MC’ printer at Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). Here, the technology is used for:
Mahindra, in association with the Naandi Foundation, has also piloted a 3D printing project at the B.M. Pawar School in Chakan, Maharashtra. It has developed a comprehensive programme to enable students and teachers to realise the true potential of this technology.
Potential use for this technology at Mahindra