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Objectify partners with Air Works Group to deliver 3D Printing for Aviation MRO

3D printing for aviation MRO
Above: Ankit Sahu CEO and Founder at Objectify Technologies (second from left) with D. Anand Bhaskar MD & CEO Air Works Group (third form left) at the partnership announcement meeting/Image Source: Objectify Technologies

Objectify Technologies, an Indian 3D printing solutions provider, announced its partnership with Air Works Group, India’s biggest and highly diversified independent MRO, to help deliver 3D Printing for Aviation MRO. Air Works is a renowned organization having strong pan India presence.

The partnership will work towards offering a variety of complex, new generation compounds and 3D printing polymers with special characteristics which enable extensive customization in product design including printing and production of parts/ sub-parts and even entire assemblies, which are either difficult, prohibitively expensive, or cannot be manufactured by traditional manufacturing processes.

Aviation Industry in India

Today, India ranks seventh in the list of largest civil aviation market in the world and third-largest in terms of domestic operations. It is estimated that Indian will overtake the United Kingdom and also become the third-largest global market by 2024.

The Aviation industry in India – commercial, business, or defence – is in a critical state today due to the global pandemic but prior to that the industry was booming like never before. It has come a long way since the inception of the Indian Airforce in 1931 or later the Air India in the defence and commercial space. From becoming the first Asian to induct a Boeing jet engine to buying Rafale Fighter Jets the journey is remarkable. But as the industry grows, the associated systems also grow, the safety and security measures also need an overhaul and have to stay relevant with the changing times.

Each aircraft is home to tens of thousands of moving parts which require to pass strict safety regulations. If ignored, it can endanger lives of millions of passengers on board. With the global regulations, a high level of engineering & ingenuity is expected from each service provider.

3D Printing for Aviation MRO

The Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) companies are responsible to ensure the safe flight operations of an aircraft. These are companies dedicated to the repair and maintenance of an aircraft with outstanding workmanship, quality, and an exceptional safety orientation.

There are 133+ MRO organizations in India that relentlessly support the aviation industry and help them fly without worries. The Indian Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) industry was worth USD 800 million in 2011 and is expected to grow to over USD 1.5 billion by 2020 and this gives us a clear picture of the value attached to the same. The constant need for upgraded engineering expertise is of utmost importance.

3D Printing for Aviation MRO is an ideal combination to deliver great results. Due to its ability to produce parts fast, on-demand, and high-quality parts from scratch with less material. The industry is highly lucrative and perfectly suits all the advantages that 3D printing has to offer.

A lot of International airlines like Etihad Airways have already incorporated 3D printing for their Aviation MRO activities.

Partnership – Objectify & Air Works Group

3D printing for aviation MRO
Above: Objectify Technologies partnered with Air Works Group to deliver 3D printing for Aviation MRO/Image Source: Objectify Technologies

The recent announcement of the partnership between Objectify Technologies and Air Works Group will lead a new way into the repair and maintenance of aircrafts. Objectify Technologies is India’s only in-house metal and polymer AM-ESP (Additive Manufacturing Engineering Service Provider) with expertise in aerospace, automotive, tooling, white goods, and medical component building and consulting. It has over a dozen machines and a vast component manufacturing portfolio.

 “3D printing technology and materials are increasingly gaining relevance across industries given their good strength-to-weight ratio, excellent dimensional accuracy, strength and stiffness, lightness, wear resistance, good thermal performance, and Non-corrosiveness. As a pioneer, Air Works occupies a fundamental place in the Indian aviation ecosystem, and we are proud and privileged to partner with the country’s leading aviation services provider having a domain experience of over 70 years. Our alliance with Air Works will put us in an enviable position to address the challenges of not just aviation but also those of the fast-growing aerospace and defence sectors using our collective synergies.”

– Ankit Sahu, Director of Objectify Technologies Private Ltd.

3D printing for aviation MRO has been witnessing increasing global adoption in recent years, especially in the aerospace, and defence industries. This puts Objectify Technologies in a great place and ahead of most of its competition in India.


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