INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

What is
3D PRINTING ?




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.

What can we do with
3D PRINTING ?

RAPID PROTOTYPING
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.

PERSONAL FABRICATION
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:

  • Performance & Functionality Testing
  • Prototyping (bumpers, bonnets, fender, intake pipe, shroud etc.)
  • Pre-production fixtures

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.

Benefits of
3D PRINTING

Industries that use this technology
TECHNOLOGY

Potential use for this technology at Mahindra