Tell us something about Global 3D Labs and its business vertices?
Global 3D Labs aims to bridge the gap between ideation and manufacturing by providing cost effective high-quality desktop 3D printers. G3D also aims at evangelising 3D printing amongst engineers, researchers, manufactures and students by holding seminars, talks and workshops for them.
Please share with us about your product offerings and how are they different from that of your competitors?
We deal in various models of FDM 3D printers–Pramaan V2, Pramaan V3, Pramaan Mini, Pramaan Platinum and the Chocobot.
The Pramaan V2 3D printer has one of the biggest build volume of 30x30x30 cm3 available in its price range. Capable of printing with over 10 different materials, it comes equipped with Auto Bed Levelling
Pramaan V3 is our latest addition to our existing range of products. It has various new features like cloud connectivity, Wifi connectivity, double extruder capable of printing with two different colours. It is capable of printing with water soluble filament and also includes an onboard camera to get a live feed of the print. The V3 also includes a filament sensor which notifies the user when the filament is entangled or about to get over.
The Pramaan Mini is a one-of-its-kind 3D printer which is priced aimed at hobbyists, enthusiasts and educators. It offers a build volume of 18x18x18 cm3.
Pramaan Platinum has a built volume of 50x50x50 cm3 aimed at production of large scale models and rapid prototyping of bigger articles.
Coming to Chocobot, it is India’s first and the world’s second commercially available chocolate printer. It comes equipped with modular heads. It can print directly with tempered chocolate, namely, white, dark milk etc. It can also be used to create moulds inorder to be used with liquid chocolate.
Being a homegrown startup in 3D Printing industry, what kind of challenges did you face in your early days?
The 3D printing industry is still in a nascent stage and people are still getting used to the additive manufacturing technology. The 3D printers that were available in the market till up to a few years were very expensive and it took a while to get rid of that notion. Market penetration is one of the major issues we faced.
Your views on Indian 3D printing industry…
The 3D printing industry is bound to grow leaps and bounds in the coming years. We understand that 3D printers will soon be adopted from a technical ninja to an epicurean elite. The Indian 3D printing industry is being used for rapid prototyping and personalised manufacturing. The automobile part manufacturing industry has already adopted the additive manufacturing industry for designing and prototyping. The architectural, interior designing and rapid manufacturing industries show great promise in the near future.
What’s the market size of global and Indian 3D printing industry?
The global 3D printing market in 2014 was $3.3 Billion. According to the Wohlers report of 2014, the worldwide 3D printing industry is now expected to grow to $12.8B by 2018, and exceed $21B in worldwide revenue by 2020. Siemens predicts that 3D printing will become 50% cheaper and up to 400% faster in the next five years.
How has the technology evolved over the years? Breakthroughs that we could expect in the near future…
The 3D printing technology has evolved a great deal over the years. It has become much more faster, safer and easier to use. Several features like auto bed levelling and filament sensor has made operating a 3D printer a pleasant experience. The software being used today for a 3D printer is much easier and user-friendly. In the near future we can see a lot of headway in the medical and healthcare industry. Researchers are already working towards bio printing and organ printing. The jewellery industry will also see a lot of additive manufacturing penetration in the near future as it replaces its age old processes with a much easier and inexpensive option of 3D printing.
Many Indian companies are still unaware of the benefits of 3D printing. What can be done to uplift the 3D printing industry in the country?
3D printing is slowly being accepted by the Indian Industrial Sector. Workshops and seminars are an ideal tool to spread the word about 3D printing. Because the technology is new, a greater impact may come via the introduction of 3D printing into the public and private grade schools. Educational institutes need to introduce the concept of 3D printing so that the users can be introduced to the concept at a young age. Just about every subject within a school curriculum could benefit from 3D printing technology. When it is 3D printing, there are limitless ways in which the technology can be utilised.
Is there any support from Indian Government to promote this technology? Lately,
few startups have come up for 3D printer manufacturing/service in India. What has led young engineers towards this industry?
The Government’s initiative of ‘Make-in-India’ is certainly a great boost not only to the 3D printing technology but to the startup ecosystem. Young engineers are understanding the impact of the technology and are able to picture the way 3D printing will revolutionise the manufacturing industry. It will not only be used for prototyping but also for manufacturing moulds and even finished parts in some cases. It won’t be long before every house will have a 3D printer.
How you see the future of Indian 3D printing industry and what’s your future plan?
The Indian 3D printing industry looks extremely promising. The growth has been very encouraging with more and more companies adopting 3D printing to meet their manufacturing needs. The accelerated technology environment in the country will prove to be a great impetus for the 3D technology drive and adoption thereof. It not only shows great opportunities for the hardware but also the software for 3D printing. We do expect to see the adoption trend to grow rapidly for the desktop systems.
By Nishant Kashyap