Future of 3D Design Labs in India
India is a land of hopes and dreams. It has tremendous scope for any technology that is ready to revolutionize the current scenario by creating a new trend. 3D printing is one such field with promising results. Although 3D Printing technology has been around since the 1980s, 3D printers have become commercially available from 2010 and their prices have dropped considerably. A marked jump in the value of the market for 3D printers and services globally was seen in the year 2012 with almost a 29% rise in the value to $2.2 billion as compared to 2011.Even though a new concept, 3D design labs are catching pace in India. 3D printing is a new wave of innovation in additive manufacturing which has made a prominent market in developed countries. With the advancements in material research, low-cost product development strategies, 3D scanners, and growing awareness extent of penetration of 3D printers across the world, the market looks promising in the near future for such manufacturing labs.
India is relatively new to this 3D printing culture but with increasing initiatives by local assemblers, 3D printers are available at affordable costs to consumers. The extent of research and development in the design lab determines the scope for rapid adoption of this technology in India. As the trend is pacing, one can foresee a future where people start printing all they need instead of purchasing them and when 3D design labs become a popular phenomenon. From printing organs and prosthetic limbs to space stations, education, science or fashion. The primary skill-sets that a person needs to have is to be open to learning and to absorb as many skills as possible. 3D printing is not hardware, it’s not software, it’s not design – but a perfect combination of all. So each lab must get used to being multidisciplinary in their approach. Since the 3D printing ecosystem and market is just opening up, there will be millions of jobs created in ways we cannot imagine.
Where to find such labs?
Design labs need investments to function and deliver, and the prospective investors in this industry can be anyone interested in nurturing the future. With the government taking some useful steps such as launching “Atal Tinkering Labs” which aim to provide practical knowledge through such high-tech labs.There are already many such labs functioning well in India, but the need has still not satiated. Already, we can see unconventional startups like 3Dexter that use 3D design to serve a greater purpose. Embedding Indian education with innovation by 3D printing techniques, 3Dexter is a revolution in itself. This is the future of 3D design in India that not only caters to the manufacturing needs but also aims at breaking stereotypes through unconventional 3D printing technologies.With growing focus on Make in India, we see a lot of Indian manufacturers placing emphasis on producing goods locally. This shows the immense potential for 3D printing to flourish in the country and unfolds opportunities that can shape the future of 3D design labs in India.