Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Wipro 3D, the metaladditive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, have partnered to develop 3D-printed components that could potentially be used on aircraft manufactured by state-run HAL.

Wipro 3D is the first Indian company to locally develop an industry-grade metal-additive 3D-printing machine, jointly with the Indian Institution of Science. As part of the memorandum of understanding, HAL and Wipro 3D will jointly design, develop, prove out, manufacture and repair aerospace components using metal 3D- printing technology.

“This initiative between HAL and Wipro 3D will create a unique synergy of capabilities that can accelerate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing in aerospace in India. Qualification of parts for aerospace is challenging as it would require prove out and extensive testing followed by certification by regulatory authorities which may also include flight testing.

Metal 3D printing has the potential to play a significant role in the success of national aerospace and defence platforms including HAL’s own needs,” said Shekhar Shrivastava, the chief executive of HAL’s Bengaluru complex.

Globally, the aerospace industry has been one of the foremost adopters of metal 3D printing.

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