Exploring limitless possibilities

ET Polymers|April - May 2020

Exploring limitless possibilities
Additive Manufacturing has moved from being used only in prototypes to be a part of every company’s manufacturing plans, says Sridhar Balaram, Founder & MD of Intech Additive Solutions.
Niranjan Mudholkar

What was your motivation to start Intech Additive Solutions in 2012?

In 2011, when we were recovering from the aftermath of the Lehmann Brothers, I developed a hunger for innovation and started thinking out of the box. While I was researching out on Laser Induction Hardening, I hit upon Laser Sintering. The technology was so exciting with limitless possibilities and many application ideas poured in. I had sleepless nights for more than a week. The fact that this technology was novel, and in line with my line of work and interest motivated me to initiate a start-up in 2012.

Right after coming into the existence, we started off as service provider in metal 3D printing with our first machine in 2014 with a great urge to achieve novel heights and to be a first of a kind service provider. As we made our journey in this technology we realised that there were gaps to be filled in this technology. To fill the gaps, we started working on our first Software, AMOptoMet, which provides right parameters with better surface finish thereby reducing the time on Design of Experiments (DOE) and R&D for building 3D parts “Right First time”.

A strong urge under Make in India concept fuelled us to start the manufacturing of our own 3D printing machines in 2017 and after three years of R&D, we launched the first commercial-grade Metal 3D printer “iFusion” designed, developed and manufactured by us.

During the process of building the printer, we saw the need of simple and easy software to for the prebuild process and thus AMBuilder was envisioned in 2018 and is going to be a reality very soon in 2020.

Which has been your remarkable project so far?

Well, we have not been an equipment manufacturer in the entire journey of our manufacturing avenues. The development of iFusion series of 3D printers has been the most interesting project that we have taken up and have been successful with the launch of the printer. This project has provided us to unveil the strengths that a country like India is capable off. iFusion series of printers is completely designed, developed and manufactured by young engineers of India at our Bangalore facility at Intech.

What is your take on the evolution of the additive manufacturing industry?

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