Additive Manufacturing for modern manufacturing

There are various ways to manufacture a product:
Subtractive manufacturing: (Small parts are removed from a big part to give it a final shape) 
Forming: (A big part is compressed through applying forces to make a final product)  
Casting: (Solid raw material is converted into liquid and put into shaping device to make the final product) 
In this article, we will be focussing on Additive manufacturing. One of the huge leaps in the manufacturing industry in the past couple of years is the proliferation and application of 3D printing technology. It has changed the mindset of the manufacturers and is allowing them to imagine the possibility of that technology in their domains. 

Industrial 3D printing is changing the way companies develop products and devices. With prototypes in hand within days, designers and engineers can iterate and validate designs faster than ever before. Since parts are manufactured in commercial grey materials, 3D printing is now even being used as a production method for…

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – a boon for Advanced Manufacturing.

Lately, the world is witnessing a lot of new trends and technologies in every sector, and our ecosystem is transforming at a fast pace. Each day, we see new innovations in technology which will help you to save time and money. Development is a never-ending process and one such technology which is collecting a lot of attention these days is Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality.  
What is VR & AR?
Augmented reality (AR) is a direct or indirect live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information. Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated scenario that simulates a realistic experience. The immersive environment can be like the real world to create a lifelike experience grounded in reality or sci-fi.

VR & AR for Advanced manufacturing
Augmented reality systems may also be considered as a form of VR that layers virtual information over a live camera feed into a headset, or through a smartphone or a ta…

Shaping the future through Smart Factory

We are now on the brink of a massive paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry, where the real world and the digital world will converge. The diminishing boundaries have given birth to factories that are smart, and IT driven. Though the manufacturing sector in India has been slow to react to disruptive technologies, the digital transformation has been growing at a rapid speed. 
Making smart factories is akin to taking a giant leap from the traditional automation to a digitally connected and integrated system. Through a smart factory, one can use the real-time data from the connected systems and utilize them for managing the constant change and demand.
The outcome can be a more effective and spry system with very less downtime, and a more remarkable capacity to anticipate and acclimatize to changes in the facility or more extensive operation, perhaps prompting better positioning in the dynamic commercial center. Below are the five key characteristics of a smart factory 
Courtesy: Deloit…

Industry 4.0 through Make in India

The world over, the new buzz word - ‘Industry 4.0’ is quickly picking up strength. This new, disruptive technology has recently gained momentum in the manufacturing ecosystem. It has changed and reshaped the way things are seen in the manufacturing segment, which includes the automotive sector. The need to understand and adopt the advanced manufacturing techniques is the need of the hour. Industry 4.0 is viewed as a collection of Information & developments for the segments like Big data, Cloud computing, Internet of things, Simulation, Autonomous robots, augmented reality, Cybersecurity, System integration, and Additive manufacturing.
The government of India's drive through the "Make in India" concept has generated substantial interest and the spotlight is now on the manufacturing domain. Likewise, with the implementation of FDI and GST programmes (100 percent Foreign Direct venture is permitted under the programmed course in the auto segment), there will be a huge i…

Are SME’s in India ready for Industry 4.0?

The SME’s in India always want to play safe as they have a restricted mindset of using traditional tools and methods, which always gives them a certain level of productivity. For increasing their production, they prefer to increase their manpower rather than upgrading their equipment. They continue to be low value/high volume, focusing on commodity products and utilising low cost and low skilled labour. Small scales and margins have discouraged investments in technology which leads to boost in productivity and improve manufacturing quality.

The question arises that “are we ready to accept the changes through industry 4.0?” There will be some challenges for the manufacturing sector to adopt the disruptive technologies such as the IoT, cyber-physical systems or cloud-based manufacturing. Hence, it is very crucial to evaluate the Industry 4.0 readiness of industrial enterprises.
To overcome the challenges, SME’s require visionary decision-makers who can not only improve the skillset of …