3D printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) is fast becoming the most sought after modern technology in industries like healthcare and automobile.
Last year a team of surgeons from Medanta: The Medicity, Gurugram successfully implanted a 3D-printed vertebra in a 32-year-old woman — helping her walk again after a bout of disabling spinal tuberculosis.
The 10-hour-long surgery was the first-of-its-kind for reconstruction with a 3D-printed titanium implant in India, and third in the world.
Not just healthcare, 3D printing has the potential to transform many industries in the years to come and sensing the mammoth opportunities, key players are now arriving in India with their 3D solutions and technologies.
Although in a nascent stage, market intelligence solutions firm 6Wresearch predicts that India’s 3D printer prototyping and materials market will hit $79 million by 2021.
In a bid to take industrial manufacturing in India to a new level, printing and PC major HP Inc this month brought its acclaimed Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D Printers to India.
Starting from Rs 2.4 crore, the HP printing solution includes pre- and post-processing unit, the 3D printer and initial consumables.
According to Alexandre Lalumiere, Director, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) 3D Printing, 3D printing is the building block when it comes to transforming healthcare.
Global spending in 3D healthcare printing has grown exponentially in the last couple of years.
Riding on growing R&D investments and improved healthcare infrastructure associated with the development of 3D printing products, the healthcare 3D printing market globally is forecast to hit $2.2 billion by 2024, says Global Market Insights Inc.
According to Samson Khaou, Managing Director, Dassault Systemes India Pvt Ltd, in today’s complex and competitive global marketplace, Indian companies are striving to be a recognisable force that can offer the best “price-to-performance” offering.
Dassault Systemes is hearing a lot about 3D printing — whether it is to print a prosthetic arm, or designing the favorite chocolate toppings, manufacturing a bridge on-site, or even printing an entire car.
Imaginarium, an Indian 3D printing and prototyping company, is catering to a number of industries like healthcare, jewellery, and automotive and consumer products.
The technology can be used to create implants and prosthetics and with growing consumer demand, there will soon be mass scale customization in India when it comes to 3D printing.
Meanwhile, Dassault Systemes is planning to roll out a “Marketplace” on Additive Manufacturing.