Monday, July, 15, 2019 08:06:18

HP’s 3D printing technology powering the CoE would enable short run production as well as functional prototyping for SMBs and startups

HP Inc India has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh, India, for building a Center of Excellence (CoE) focused on 3D printing in the state. HP India would be acting as the key knowledge provider for this initiative.

Sources with knowledge on the matter informed that the pact, for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) CoE to be powered by the 3D printing technology of HP, was signed with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS). Apparently, the CoE will be equipped with 3D printers which have the capability to handle short run production as well as functional prototyping.

HP Inc India’s Managing Director, Sumeer Chandra was quoted saying that the company believes its cutting-edge 3D printing technology would be fueling innovation in manufacturing and will assist upskill young professionals in getting ready for the advent of Industry 4.0 in the state.

According to the sources, APEDB would be responsible for encouraging and driving the use of the CoE by defense, government departments and public sector enterprises. APIS, on the other hand, would be providing the infrastructural support and enabling necessary accreditations and certifications. The 3D printing CoE is anticipated to give small and medium businesses (SMBs) and startups in the state opportunities for learning more about the advantages of using AM.

APEDB CEO, J. Krishna Kishore said manufacturing industry in Andhra Pradesh holds great potential since a lot demand is expected to come from domestic consumption. The state’s impetus in electronics, automotive and aerospace makes technologies such as 3D printing market-ready, he commented.

HP, for the record, unveiled its Jet Fusion 4200 3D Printing solutions in India last year. In January this year, the company introduced series of color 3D printers, Jet Fusion 300/500, which will allow producers to manufacture engineering grade functional components in full color, black or white.