The Institute of Indian Foundrymen, Nagpur Chapter organised a technical lecture on “An Insight into 3D printing for pattern making” recently at Hotel Hardeo, Nagpur. The chief guest on the occasion was Abhay Kuthe, Professor CAD-CAM Centre, Mechanical Engineering Department, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, while the guest of honor was P Suresh, Senior General Manager, Jayaswal Neco Industries Limited, Automotive Casting Division, Butibori.
At the outset, R G Paranjpe, Chairman IIF Nagpur Chapter, welcome the dignitaries. In his welcome speech Paranjpe said, “In today’s competitive world, one who can produce fast always score over others and this is what this technology does i.e. it reduces time of manufacturing. As they say Fast & Furious wins the race.” He further added that in today’s fast and continuously changing business conditions demands proper application of latest technological advances and 3-D is one of them for foundry manufacturing .
“ 3 D printing in a simple words can be expressed as “Factory on Table”. It’s a method of converting a virtual 3 D model in to physical object,” he added. He further highlighted that 3D printing was invented in 1984 by Charles (Chuck) Hull, but its application in foundry industry in India started almost 20 years later. He emphasized on the importance of 3D printing for pattern making for foundry industries which will reduce the development time and cost of the patterns.
Abhay Kuthe in his keynote address also emphasized on importance of 3D printing in foundry industries which enables development of prototypes and patterns very fast and at lesser price. He informed the participants that VNIT had already developed a Smart Foundry Set up with 3D printing facilities on which the institution trains its students. He emphasized on production of defect free castings and to deliver products which satisfies the requirements of customers in one go. Another speaker, Vijay Raghav Varada, Director and CEO of Fracktal Works, Bengaluru, highlighted that 3D printing also known as additive manufacturing which turns digital 3D models into solid objects by building them up in layers. He emphasized that by this process patterns of complicated shapes and of very low thickness can be developed since it has no limitation on geometry. Saurabh Mohta, Vice Chairman of IIF – Nagpur Chapter was MOC for this programme while Gautam Roy, Secretary of IIF Nagpur offered vote of thanks.