HAL, Wipro ink pact for 3D printing in aerospace

BENGALURU: At first, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Wipro 3D defense PSU, the metal additive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, have signed a memorandum of understanding to design, develop, manufacture and repair aerospace components with metal additive technology.

The agreement, HAL said Thursday, emphasizes the development, demonstration and application of new material for use in metal additive technology.

“The path breaking initiative will focus on development and production of aerospace applications including MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), using metal additive manufacturing. Prove-outs and certification of components developed using metal 3d print It is also a key element of this cooperation, ”said a statement issued in Bangalore.

Shekhar Shrivastava, CEO, Complejo Bangalore, HAL, dijo que la iniciativa entre HAL y Wipro 3D creará una sinergia única de capacidades que pueden acelerar la adopción de la fabricación de aditivos metálicos en la industria aerospace en 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. This cooperation would be a unique opportunity for both the parties and metal 3d print has the potential to play a significant role in the success of national aerospace and defense platforms including HAL’s own needs,” he said.

Globally, the aerospace industry has been one of the foremost adopters of metal 3d print due to the benefits of faster design iterations, weight and geometry optimization, performance improvement and flexible manufacturing.

Pratik Kumar, CEO, WIN, said, “This MoU will bring Metal 3d print into the mainstream of India’s aerospace . Wipro 3D and HAL have worked together in the past, and this further strengthens our collaborative efforts to create additive technology leadership in Aerospace.”

Ajay Parikh, vice-president & business head, Wipro 3D, said that the MoU will provide significant manufacturing and MRO flexibility and freedom to existing, upcoming, and legacy aerospace programmes.