Bangalore, August 28, 2021: The Kerala based Peekay Group is to set up a facility at Bengaluru Airport City Limited (BACL) housing the world’s largest 3-D printing facility. The giant 3D sand printing machine, VX-4000 from Munich, Germany-based Voxeljet, has a footprint of 4 x 2 x 1 meters.
This facility will house a production centre as well as an experience zone to learn 3D printing & ideate for innovative solutions. In addition, the facility will be used to train technology experts, up-grade skills, increase awareness of various 3D printing applications. This will play a role in engaging youngsters in this new era of technology driven manufacturing.
BACL has been founded to develop the Airport City at BLR Airport, consisting of Business Parks, Health District, Retail Dining & Entertainment Village, Concert Arena, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Knowledge Park, Hospitality & Central Park. The Airport City is developed as an international gateway to a Sustainable, Smart, Vibrant city celebrating a culture of innovation.
Peekay Group is a leading industrial group from Kerala. Peekay Steel Castings Pvt. Ltd. is a flagship company of Peekay Group which produces industrial components and exports to over 32 countries today from its various manufacturing locations in India viz Calicut (Kerala), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), and Hindupur (Andhra Pradesh). The company caters to several global OEMs such as General Electric, Schlumberger, Komatsu, Wabtec, Baker Hughes, Siemens, Man Turbo, Emerson, and many others
“We are delighted to partner with the Peekay Group to develop a state-of-the-art 3D Printing technology facility as part of our Airport City. Bengaluru is emerging as one of the world’s leading tech innovation hubs, and at BACL our focus will be to continue partnering with companies in the fields of Advanced Electronics Manufacturing, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Space Technology, 3D Printing, Quantum Computing, Chip Design, Digital Content, Online Gaming, Online education, Fintech, Agricultural Technology and Healthcare Technology. We are confident that these initiatives will continue to further add impetus in making Bengaluru a Knowledge-Based Economy,” said Rao Munukutla, CEO, BACL.
"Peekay is driven by a purpose to create value for all its stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, employees, and the society at large. We are pleased to state that Peekay is moving ahead with its purpose and vision with this current investment with Bengaluru Airport City Limited. The company's strategy has continually been enhancing productivity and aligning with external factors such as the environment, climate change, and renewable energy. Peekay is investing in a standalone technology centre at Airport City to diversify its business into new areas like aerospace, healthcare, renewable energy and transform itself as a tech-driven manufacturing company globally. We would be incorporating metal printing in addition to sand and ceramic in future expansion" said K.E. Shanavaz, Joint Managing Director, PeeKay Steel Castings (P) Limited.
“We are very pleased with Peekay Steel Casting's decision to have a VX4000 sand 3D printer at their Technology Centre at Bengaluru Airport City this year. VX4000 is the largest sand 3D printer in the world, and this will be the first VX4000 installation worldwide for an integrated training centre and service facility. This opens up many possibilities for academia as well as industry to experience the technology first-hand,” said Rudolf Franz, COO & CFO Voxeljet AG.
The VX4000 from Voxeljet, Germany, is the largest 3D printing system for sand molds in the world, with a contiguous footprint of 4 x 2 x 1 meters. The VX4000 uses furan resin optimized for 3D printing and standardized quartz sand/silica. The print head works with a resolution of up to 200 dpi and can therefore reproduce even the most complex component geometries precisely and to an extremely small margin. Ideal for supplementing existing production or for cushioning volatile production peaks.
Voxeljet India Pvt. Ltd. was established in December 2015. The subsidiary is located in Pune, a major automotive and manufacturing center near Mumbai.