Bangalore, July 25, 2014: Leading manufacturer of 3D printers and systems, Stratatys joined Indian 3D player, Altem Technologies to focus on “Trends and applications in 3D Printing” at a seminar in the city yesterday.
The event showed how professional 3D Printers could be used in RAPID TOOLING applications like Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Investment Casting and Jigs & Fixtures among others. Recent developments in 3D Printing and Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) technologies are redefining the design & manufacturing processes across all the segments. It highlighted how 3D Printing offers a fast and affordable way to produce injection molded prototypes.
Over 250 engineers from the research, manufacturing and academic segment who work in aerospace, automobile and R&D sectors on rapid prototyping and tooling attended the event.
3D printed Injection Mold tools are suitable for small production series but since tools cost is low, they are commercially viable also when only a few parts are needed. The Stratasys Polyjet-based 3D printed injection molding tool (PIMT) can be built very cheaply and rapidly, and are typically ready to inject in a matter of a few hours. PIMTs can be used to inject polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, ABS, and thermoplastic elastomers. PIMTs are printed using Objet ABS-like material which is a tough and heat resistant polymer.
Said Ido Eylon, GM (South Asia) – Stratasys Ltd: “3D Printing is an extremely valuable tool in the injection molding industry worldwide. It can help shorten the overall product development cycle and is more cost effective when only a few parts are needed. PIMTs (3D printed injection molding tool) can be built really cheaply and fast, ready to inject in a few hours.”
Added Prasad Rodagi, Founder-Director of Altem Technologies: " 3D will benefit manufacturers and eventually bring in a paradigm shift in the way tooling and manufacturing is done. Altem Technologies’ endeavor is to bring in an industrial revolution in the field of 3D printing in the country by innovating new ideas and solutions to enable manufacturers and product designers to realize their product faster and in an economical manner."
Altem Technologies, founded in 2011 by Prasad Rodagi and his associates, is the industry leader in 3D printing technology to India. The company is a strategic vision partner for Stratasys and the pioneer value added reseller (VAR) for Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE PLM solutions in India. Altem operates out of seven major cities in India -- Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad.