Monotech Systems Limited, Chennai, collaborated with CSIR-CECRI by incorporating these technologies into its seventh vertical, the development of a supply chain of raw materials for additive manufacturing. CECRI and Monotech Systems Sign MoU to enhance additive manufacturing and foster the growth of local supply chains.
This new collaboration between the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi, and Monotech Systems Limited, Chennai, will include transfer of technologies (ToTs) for (i) a process for carbon coated polymer material and (ii) a process for fabricating indigenous 3D printable polymer composite filaments.
CECRI and Monotech Systems Sign MoU
CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi, a pioneering South Asian research institute dedicated to Electrochemical science and technology, is making contributions in a variety of areas such as electrochemical power sources, corrosion protection, electroplating, electrochemicals, green hydrogen, and, more recently, carbon capture and utilisation and smart manufacturing. Through technological innovation, translational research, and commercialization, CSIR-CECRI addresses national goals.
Monotech, founded in 1999, ventured into Additive Manufacturing eight years ago and collaborated with global 3D printer suppliers to bring solutions to various industries in India. Monotech was a pioneer in releasing the potential of 3D printing and scanning in manufacturing applications, offering a comprehensive range of products and solutions based on thermoplastics, thermosets, UV curable plastics, wax, metals, and ceramics.
Dr. K Ramesha, who recently took over as Director of CSIR-CECRI, was present, as was a team of scientists including Dr. V. Ravi Babu, Dr. L. Sravanthi, Dr. S. Vasudevan, Dr. A. Sivashanmugam, and personnel from Monotech, Mr. Tej Prakash Jain, Managing Director, and Mr. Rajesh Mrithyunjayan, Vice-president. Dr. Ramesha stressed that smart manufacturing is emerging as a leading technology with numerous applications in biomedical, automotive, defence, and construction.
In the context of “ATHMANIRBHAR BHARAT”, CSIR-CECRI is making significant contributions to the development of newer metal and polymer materials for additive manufacturing as import substitution. Dr. K Ramesha went on to say that the main challenge is to develop indigenous polymer filaments, which are currently imported, as suitable feedstock for additive manufacturing.
The current ToTs pave the way for the development of an indigenous supply chain, thereby saving foreign exchange. The technology enables the production of carbon reinforced polymer composite filaments, which can be used to create 3D printed components with superior mechanical and thermal properties.
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