Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Wipro 3D, the metal additive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), have signed an MOU to manufacture and repair aerospace components using Metal Additive Technology also called 3D printing.
This MoU also accentuates development, prove out and application of new material for use in Metal Additive Technology. The partnerswhip will focus on development, prove out and production of aerospace applications including MRO, using metal Additive Manufacturing.
Prove-outs and certification of components developed using Metal 3D Printing is also a key element of this co-operation.
Shekhar Shrivastava, CEO, Bangalore Complex, HAL, said, "This cooperation would be a unique opportunity for both the parties. Metal 3D printing has the potential to play a significant role in the success of national aerospace and defense platforms including HAL's own needs.”
Pratik Kumar, CEO, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, said, "This MoU will bring Metal 3D printing into the mainstream of India's Aerospace. Wipro 3D and HAL have worked together in the past. This further strengthens our collaborative efforts to create additive technology leadership in Aerospace."
Globally, the Aerospace industry has been one of the foremost adopters of Metal 3D printing due to the benefits of faster design iterations, weight and geometry optimization, performance improvement and flexible manufacturing.