India rolls out national strategy to build ecosystem for 3D printing 

The government of India has released a national strategy for additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing) to encourage collaboration between academia, government and industry with the goal of making India a global hub for design, development and deployment of 3D printing, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. 

 “We have taken some very clearly defined goals in this strategy. We are targeting 50 India specific technologies, 100 new startups, 500 products, 10 existing and new manufacturing sectors and One lakh new skilled manpower. We hope additive manufacturing becomes a major export item in the coming years,” said Ashwini Vaishnaw, minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology.  Vaishnaw was outlining the outcomes of the strategy at the launch. 

According to MeitY, the strategy has been released after extensive consultation with industry leaders and subject experts. Ajay Sawhney, secretary MeitY pointed out, at this stage the segment is wide open. Without an effort to build indigenous strength can result in a situation where material, printers and design will continue to come from outside and the country ends up paying large amounts of royalty to foreign companies.  “If we are able to build design capability in this segment, it will fetch royalty repeatedly,” he added. 

Further emphasizing the importance of a national strategy, Rajeev…

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