The maker space in India largely comprises of young entrepreneurs who don’t always have the means to buy 3D printers. Sharma spent about $600 some years ago to build his 3D printer based on the Prusa i3-part of the RepRap and the world’s most-used 3D printer. After 100 years of conventional manufacturing, said Rao, it’s difficult to show the value addition 3D printing brings. “There is no way 3D printing can solve your problem if you’re looking at a conventional design thinking.” Rao did acknowledge that industries like aerospace and space have recognised the value 3D printing technology can bring to them. “Historically, 3D printing has largely been focused on prototyping because it didn’t have the ability to produce parts at scale, at low cost,” said Sumeer Chandra, managing director of HP India. Raj Kumar Rishi, managing director of Xerox India, expects India to rub shoulders with the rest of the world in the adoption of 3D printing. 3D printing, which has been around for over 30 years, is now used not only to make jewellery and toothbrushes, but also football boots, racing-car parts, food products, guns, human organs, houses, aircraft parts and even the controversial 3D-printed guns.3D printing in India.

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