HAL-Wipro 3D tie-up: In a bid to encourage the use of metal 3D printing in its production, public sector aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wipro group company Wipro 3D Sign. It is the first, unique collaboration in India in Metal 3D Printing, said the HAL.
HAL manufactures Sukhoi 30MKI, Jaguar and other front-line aircraft for Indian Air Force, including indigenously developed single engine fighter LCA Tejas.
“HAL, India’s aerospace, and defence company and Wipro 3D, the metal additive manufacturing (AM) business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), have signed an MOU recently to design, develop, prove out, manufacture and repair of Aerospace Components using Metal Additive Technology,” said HAL.
“This MoU also accentuates development, prove out and application of new material for use in Metal Additive Technology,” said the public sector defence major as it seeks to introduce new technologies in its production process.
The initiative will also 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.
“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,” said Shekhar Shrivastava, CEO, Bangalore Complex, HAL.
“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,” he said.
“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,” said Shekhar Srivastava.
“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,” said Pratik Kumar, CEO, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.
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.
Ajay Parikh, Vice President & Business Head, Wipro 3D, said: “The MoU will provide significant manufacturing and MRO flexibility and freedom to existing, upcoming, and legacy Aerospace programmes.”
“The Additive Technology capability Wipro3D has built over years in Aerospace and Defense verticals will help us in collaborating with HAL,” he added.