Stratasys India recently launched the Additive Manufacturing certification course in collaboration with Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) at the 2nd edition of Stratasys India User Forum 2018 in Bangalore with the theme ‘Shaping what is Next’. This training program is designed to help students to learn new technologies in 3D printing and make them future industry ready; while the forum strives to provide a platform for key industry players and end-users to exchange insights on the latest 3D printing trends, applications, and best practices. 3D printing demonstrations in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace & defence, healthcare, and education were showcased during the event.
During the forum, Reguraj N, MD, NTTF, shared the insights on the government’s skill development initiatives like, PMKVY and DDU-GKY and use of 3D printing to revolutionise the education system in India. Dr Harider Singh Bedi, a medical stalwart from Shalby Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, shared a surgical miracle made possible with 3D printing. Ravi Shankar, MD, Accreate Additive Labs, shined light on the evolution from 3D printing to 4D printing in the field of life sciences. Sanjay Anikhindi, Associate VP, JCB India, spoke on the topic ‘Driving Innovation in Earth Moving’. The speakers presented case studies that highlighted the uses of 3D printing and how it is slowly changing the traditional manufacturing landscape and is setting the tone for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0, such as, advanced prototyping with high-performance thermoplastics in shop floor, or shared office solution for high volume usage at enterprise accounts.
On the occasion, Stratasys displayed their latest range of F370 printers that are adaptable to all engineering environments, be it office, lab or classroom to facilitate rapid 3D prototyping. The company also showcased its latest FDM elastomer solution from its F123 Series, to show manufacturers the new levels of elasticity, durability with true soluble support; and allowing users to produce parts with unique resilience that can stretch or compress without losing shape.
Sharing his views, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, India & SEA, Stratasys, said, “3D printing has immense growth potential in India, but the uptake has to be faster. We notice there is a lack of awareness on the diverse applications of 3D Printing. Companies usually hold back on innovation ignorant of cost-benefit ratio, which if taken into consideration can help businesses deliver solutions faster, cheaper, better and easier. Stratasys India User Forum strives to bridge this gap and provide a platform for industry leaders to exchange knowledge and discuss the ever-changing dynamics of the industry.”