Air Works, India’s largest independent MRO and aviation services major, has joined hands with leading additive manufacturing-engineering services (AM-ESP) provider, Objectify Technologies, to serve the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industry by leveraging 3D technologies.
This alliance marks a strategic shift in Air Works’ business focus as the company looks to not only expand its portfolio beyond aviation to aerospace & defence, but also transition from its erstwhile role as an aviation services provider into an aviation solutions provider. As part of the collaboration, both Air Works and Objectify Technologies will identify and pursue business opportunities in the Aerospace and Defense industry, including the requirements of commercial, private jet owners, or operators, globally.
Given their unique advantages, 3D technologies, especially 3D printing, has been witnessing increasing global adoption in recent years, especially in the aviation, aerospace, and defence industries. 3D printing uses a variety of complex, new generation compounds and polymers (3D materials) with special characteristics to offer extensive customization in product design including printing and production of parts/ sub-parts and even entire assemblies, which are either difficult, prohibitively expensive or cannot be manufactured by traditional manufacturing processes.
Commenting on the strategic collaboration, D Anand Bhaskar, MD & CEO of Air Works said, “We are excited to join hands with Objectify Technologies – a domain specialist and the country’s leading additive manufacturing-engineering services player. 3D printing technologies are fast coming of age and seeing extensive adoption across the manufacturing industry. Increasingly, even global aviation, aerospace and defense industries are inching towards reaping complete benefits of this emerging technology.”