Soon A 3D Printing Lab and A Centre for Additive Manufacturing, in Telangana

Telangana government is setting up of a lab exclusively for 3D printing, and a National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM). This was announced by Telangana Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao while inaugurating the maiden national conference of 3D Printing in Medical Devices & Implants at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) here on Friday.

3D printing and Additive Manufacturing are synonyms for the same process. Both terms reference the process of building parts by joining material layer by layer, from a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file, to form a geometric 3D objects with little waste.

While 3D Printing Lab will be set up in the new block of T-Hub, an India's largest incubation facility, the NCAM will be set up wihtin the university campus of Osmania University.

Mr. K.T Rama Rao, said, "T-works that has been using 3D printing for their prototyping efforts. Through all these efforts, Telangana intended to leverage the potential of 3D printing to get a jump start at this hugely promising sector and it is with this intent we established NCAM and conducted this key conference."

Manufacturing using 3D Printing is much faster compared to conventional manufacturing technologies. Many manufacturers use 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to produce airplane parts, prosthetic limbs, and even 3D-printed medications.

Advances in medical 3D printing technology have made splendid contributions to fields throughout healthcare. Recent Innovations that applied 3D Printing technologies include creating tissues and organoids, surgical tools, patient-specific surgical models and custom-made prosthetics.

One of the futuristic 3D Tech where India is still in nascent stage is — 3D Bioprinting, an extended application of additive manufacturing, which is now being used globally for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as it involves the top-down approach of building the complex tissue in a layer by layer fashion. 3D Bioprinting has been used in varied fields from integration of live cells to biosensors and from stem cell fabrication to artificial organ generation.

In India, there are few government and private 3D Printing labs. National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIEIT) has a state of the art 3D printing lab in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Last year in April, IIT-Madras incubated startup, Tvasta, built India’s first 3D printed house using concrete as 3d printing material.

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