Wipro3D was launched in 2012, a unit of Indian company Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, and has become one of India’s additive manufacturing leaders. The company offers metal additive manufacturing services to a number of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, industrial, automotive, oil and gas, and heavy engineering. Now Wipro3D is launching a brand new solution and experience center for metal 3D printing in Bengaluru. The center was inaugurated this week by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji.
The center is 12,000 square feet and has a full set of capabilities, including cutting-edge 3D printing and post-processing technology as well as research, characterization and validation facilities. Certified with AS9100 Rev D certification, the center is India’s foremost fully integrated metal additive manufacturing facility.
“Based on the confidence developed from our India operations, we are planning to take Wipro3D global,” said Pratik Kumar, CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.
India had been, for a while, slow to adopt 3D printing technology, but the country has been catching up. Bengaluru is also home to a 3D Printing Experience Center established by Stratasys, and the Wipro3D center will go another step toward making the city a 3D printing hub. As has been seen with other countries that were originally slow to begin using 3D printing, India has shown a great deal of determination in pursuing the technology of late. 2014 saw the launch of the Make in India initiative, developed for the purpose of turning India into a global design and manufacturing leader. Other countries that have launched similar initiatives have seen 3D printing become a big part of the process, and India is no exception.
The country has already been responsible for some major medical 3D printing breakthroughs, and has been making progress in the aerospace industry as well. Companies such as Wipro3D are leading the way for India to become a leader in 3D printing.
“India’s first functional metal AM component in space, was built by Wipro3D,” said Ajay Parikh, Business Head of Wipro3D. “We have built competencies and offerings across Additive Consulting, Engineering, Manufacturing, Research & Development as well as turnkey solutions, to deliver impactful business outcomes for our customers. We see 3d printing or Additive Manufacturing as a critical component in the digital manufacturing and future proofing strategy of any enterprise.”
Additive manufacturing is a critical component in the manufacturing success of an entire country, as well, and India seems to have taken that to heart. It seems to be the case, sometimes, that the slow starters are the quickest to catch up and become leaders – China is another example – and India’s progress has been exciting and fascinating to follow. Wipro3D has already been an additive manufacturing leader in India, and its expansion will make it even more so, even as India continues on its path to become an additive manufacturing leader on a global level.
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[Source: The Hans India]