Additive Manufacturing Indian Foundry Invests in Industrial 3D Printer
Voxeljet AG recently announced another sale of its VX4000 sand 3D printer, as one of the largest binder-jet systems for industrial 3D printing, to one of the largest foundries in western India.
“voxeljet has been active in India for almost ten years and of late we are seeing a paradigm shift with foundries focusing on technology to drive growth. Our customers in India started with ordering on-demand printing services for critical projects and over time gained confidence in 3D printing technology and voxeljet.”, says Rudolf Franz, COO & CFO voxeljet AG.
All current Indian system customers invested in the technology with varied end goals, for example:
- Easy and quick diversification of the business
- Manufacture multi-ton single piece castings without the need for tooling
- Quick prototype castings to gain production business
- Bridge castings while the tooling is on its way
- Mass production of critical cores
- Cater to the growing aerospace business in India
“In the last couple of years, the government of India has pushed its ‘Make in India’ initiative, thereby encouraging businesses to invest into the future. For our customers in India, it was clear that adopting new technologies would help them benchmark against international standards and fuel growth.”, says Nidhi Shah, Managing Director voxeljet India Pvt Ltd and adds: “In India there is also a growing trend towards IoT to fine tune processes, save energy and save costs and push towards automation wherever possible. One of the intangible benefits of this development has been a change in brand image of the foundry industry in India, which means they can attract and retain talent with Additive Casting.”
With these advancements, the Indian foundry industry has positioned itself to take on new businesses, domestic as well as international.