INTERVIEW: CEO of India’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing shares his perspective on the utilization of 3D printing in India.

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The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) has recently opened its cutting-edge facility at Osmania University in India. In an exclusive interview with Jaspreet Sidhu, the CEO of NCAM, we gain insights into the vision of the center and the current trends and growth of additive manufacturing (AM) in India.

Established through a collaboration between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Government of Telangana, NCAM aims to create a comprehensive ecosystem for AM adoption in industries. The center’s focus lies in promoting indigenization, providing advanced infrastructure, facilitating research and development, and fostering skill development to cultivate a skilled workforce.

The CEO describes NCAM as a pioneering institution dedicated to meeting the evolving needs of various industries, catalyzing innovative startups, and transforming the manufacturing sectors in India. With its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad, NCAM is poised to accelerate the Indian additive manufacturing landscape.

According to Jaspreet Sidhu, the collaborative effort between MeitY and the Government of Telangana encompasses financial support, infrastructure provisions, and access to national schemes. These elements are vital to the effective operations of NCAM.

NCAM’s overarching mandate can be divided into five pillars: skill development, new product development combined with indigenization, adoption facilitation and industry readiness, access to exceptional AM infrastructure, and fostering innovation. Both MeitY and the Government of Telangana are fully committed to supporting NCAM in delivering its targeted goals.

NCAM’s vision is to increase AM growth by fostering collaboration among the government, academia, and industry. It serves as a repository for AM data, guiding policy improvements, enabling indigenous research and development, and providing access to global product development. The center empowers major firms in AM adoption while assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in diversifying products through rapid prototyping.

Using a hub-and-spoke model, NCAM establishes Centers of Excellence (CoEs) nationwide, integrating AM into public sectors, setting standards, and more. The center also supports startups, promotes indigenization, aids in intellectual property registration, and collaborates to cultivate a skilled AM workforce. Additionally, NCAM facilitates the adoption of various advanced technologies in India’s local ecosystem, such as Selective Laser Melting, Selective Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modelling, and Digital Light Processing systems.

India’s additive manufacturing industry is a market with immense potential. According to the MeitY report, the sector was valued at $250 million in 2022, with a robust Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.33% characterizing its expansion. Over the past decade, AM technologies have been widely embraced in sectors such as defense, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer goods, construction, tooling, and education. The registration of over 300 startups within the AM sector, particularly micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), contributes to around 60% of India’s AM industry.

India has set ambitious goals for additive manufacturing, aiming to contribute an additional US $1 billion to its GDP by 2025 through its integration. The sectors of electronics, defense and aerospace, consumer goods, and healthcare offer considerable opportunities for expansion. To achieve these goals, collaboration among stakeholders from the center, states, industry, and academia is crucial. India’s aspiration for self-reliance, known as ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat,’ can be realized through the exchange of best practices and continuous efforts to enhance efficiency.

As we look ahead to the future of 3D printing in the next ten years, it poses exciting possibilities. However, there will undoubtedly be engineering challenges to tackle in the additive manufacturing sector. The industry will need to focus on advancing materials, refining printing processes, improving scalability, and ensuring the reliability and quality of printed products. By addressing these challenges, additive manufacturing can truly revolutionize various industries and contribute to India’s economic growth.

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In a recent unveiling, NCAM showcased its new State-of-the-Art facility in Hyderabad, as shown in the featured image. This facility is a testament to the rapidly growing advancements in 3D printing technology.

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