Peekay Group, one of India’s leading family-run business houses, has collaborated with Bengaluru Airport City Limited (BACL) to open a 3D printing facility focused on engineering, design, and collaboration. The state-of-the-art facility is now open at Airport City in the BLR Airport grounds.
“We are excited to inaugurate this state-of-the-art 3D printing facility at our Airport City and partner with the Peekay Group. This facility will act as a catalyst to help transform our Airport City into a technology hub. From healthcare to sustainable construction and aerospace, 3D printing helps develop a culture of creativity and scope for scaling innovation across industries.”– Rao Munukutla, CEO, BACL
Munukutla added, “This technology will further help consolidate Bengaluru’s strategic position as a knowledge-based economy, and as the Silicon Valley of India. A technology hub coupled with upcoming world-class retail, dining, and entertainment facilities will make our Airport City a truly global destination.”
Peekay Group’s 3D Printing Facility in Bengaluru
The 3D printing facility in Bengaluru includes a production center as well as an experience zone where individuals and students can learn about 3D printing. It will also serve as an incubator for those looking to develop innovative solutions. One of the goals of this new organization is to raise awareness about 3D printing applications and train technology experts who want to advance their careers.
“With our vast experience and the trust for quality, delivery and cost which we have built over the last few decades, we are confident that Peekay can contribute immensely towards skill development, design-based thinking, and optimisation of products for customer benefit. Over and above this, we intend to tie up with world-renowned universities to embark on various training programs and symposiums to nurture the enthusiasm and creativity in today’s youth by utilising design-based reasoning as a foundation to synchronise all manufacturing processes.”– K.E. Shanavaz, Joint Managing Director, Peekay Group
3D printing is now widely used in a variety of industries, including architecture, construction, automotive, aerospace, military, biotech (human tissue replacement), jewelry design, education, and others. The Peekay Group intends to install a 3D metal printing unit in the future to meet the niche demand from the aerospace industry.
Shanavaz added, “With the various additive manufacturing processes, we are planning to add to this facility, we believe we can create a considerable number of high-quality jobs in the aerospace industry in the future. Furthermore, the social impact will be notable with the adoption of ‘The Go Green’ concept which will spearhead the reduction of our carbon footprint.”
The global 3D printing market is expected to reach US$ 62.79 billion by 2028, with a CAGR of 21.0 percent from 2021 to 2028. According to McKinsey, Additive Manufacturing could have a $550 billion annual economic impact by 2025.
Traditional manufacturing has a negative impact on the environment; however, 3D printing is an eco-friendly technology that significantly reduces carbon footprint. The massive 3D sand printing machine installed at Airport City is the world’s first of its kind. In accordance with Bangalore International Airport Limited’s sustainability framework, it is the most efficient and environmentally friendly machine, emitting no carbon. Airport City is being built as an international gateway to a sustainable, smart, and vibrant city that celebrates an innovative culture.
Rao Munukutla concluded, “We are actively making our Airport City truly smart. Our smart streetlight system is the first of its kind in an airport ecosystem in India. We have been awarded the ‘Most Innovative Best Practice for Project Digitalisation of Infrastructure Development in Bengaluru Airport City’ by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).”
The 3D printing facility boasts of a VoxelJet binder jetting 3D printer. BACL and Peekay’s collaboration is a significant milestone for future endeavours in this space.
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