Bangalore is referred to as The Silicon Valley of India. No doubt it is one of the fastest growing cities in India with the mine of creativity and technological knack that people have there. A recent event for 3D printing in Bangalore by Chizel proved how much awareness and how advanced the technology there is regarding 3D printing. The event was in association with Inmobi.
Why was the event held?
The main objective of the event was to expand and understand the 3D printing community. The event witnessed registrations from people having a background in Automotive Design, from Research scholars, Students, and majority from people exploring 3d printing as a business opportunity.
The topic was more around the future of 3D printing and how it will evolve over the years. The discussion of how Additive manufacturing can be utilized as a mode for mass production was an integral part of the discussion. Both, the benefits of using it for mass production and the reasons why it is not currently being used were elaborately discussed.
3D printing in Bangalore – Highlight of the event
Due to many websites and and online application such as Search Track, the awareness and knowledge about the technology has already been created. The market is there, all that is required is to create the desire. The best part of using additive manufacturing technology is that enables a personal touch to each product, customized to each individual’s need. Customization is a big deal in today’s market, from cars to even subway. Even small scale accessory companies use this technology to make personalized phone cover cases.
The reason why 3D printing is a booming industry, is because it can enable customers to get what they really want and thus enable companies to make what their customers really want. Many companies have already started using this factor to their benefits. Some of them being Motorola, Nike, Velvet case, etc. Even Amazon and ebay have entered the field of mass customization with print on-demand.
People in Bangalore were more informed about this technology . Here people were already aware of the nitty-gritty of 3D printing and most of them had already used 3D printing in some form or the other. They were more interested in knowing how 3D printing can be used beyond prototyping; what new materials are coming into the market; what are the underlying challenges and market opportunities.
The most enticing part was when discussions about product designs, that will be cloud based, was done. Because of advancement of 3D printing, product designing will become data driven and cloud based eventually.
3D printing in Bangalore – Challenges on mass-scale as discussed in the event
- Design Data is still inaccessible and intangible
- CAD needs to evolve from Mechanical course to technology courses
- 3D printing is in stage of rapid growth
- New Materials need to be innovated
- Standardization of technology across domain
India has some inherent strengths since we are a country of makers – and India cannot wait to jump into 3D printing and leapfrog the rest of the world. Currently 3D printing is at its peak of a hype phase. The next few years will see a lot of consolidation happening in the market that would give a clear direction to the industry.
The media attention has almost doubled in the past one year and the technology is now being slowly accepted by a lot of industries in India. Currently 3D printers can print using 84 different materials, and big and medium sized companies are already exploring 3D printers to improve their operations.
Bespoke creations, along with the ability to easily design your products, with a parametric system and distributed manufacturing in areas where regular manufacturing is not possible is the future of 3D printing in India. The priority is material engineering, while equipment support has to be pursued more seriously.
The understanding of technologies is more important than the prices of equipment or raw materials, and doing a thorough market research is important as every technology has a limited set of compatible materials and a limited set of target markets.
Majority of hobbyist printers still have a very steep learning curve, and maintenance issues with multiple points of failure, which can cause problems with prints. Hence investing time on the printer to understand what can go wrong will go a long way for the long term benefit of a company that is basing its entire existence on these printers. Because that is what will help you achieve near impossible prints with top quality, instead of rushing to the market with your idea. [Source]