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3D Printing Moving To Additive Layer Manufacturing: Dassault Systemes CEO

Charles said India was already very advanced in the domain of additive manufacturing and was importing more machines, leading to growth in use of 3D printing.

Bernard Charles, vice-chairman and chief executive officer, Dassault Systemes, was in India last week for the company’s flagship event 3DEXPERIENCE Forum. In an interview with Jyoti Mukul, he shares his company’s experience in working with major Indian brands such as Myntra, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Honda and Mahindra. Edited Excerpts:

Q: How prepared are the Indian manufacturers to adopt 3D printing technology as the Indian market is very cost sensitive?

A: We have been providing solutions to our clients in India for over 20 years. We started in India with high-end companies such as Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra to design cars digitally. Today, our products like SOLIDWORKS provides capabilities to small and medium-sized enterprises. These companies are not using drawings anymore, they want to use 3D designs to make them more efficient. Large companies are using our solution to reduce the complexity of their product while small companies are adopting 3D designs, modelling and simulation. It is now evolving and is true for transportation and mobility and heavy equipment sectors. These technologies are becoming more affordable for planning a city, building a bridge, improve the safety of the infrastructure. Like we have done many projects with L&T on infrastructure, construction and energy. With the help of our 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, L&T can design, simulate and produce those equipment in complex shipbuilding activity and in manufacturing plants.

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