Air Works launches 3D printing services


Indian MRO and aviation services provider Air Works is teaming up with Objectify Technologies to offer 3D printing services to the aviation, aerospace and defence industries worldwide.

Together the two companies will identify and pursue business opportunities in aerospace and defence –  including meeting the requirements of commercial and private jet owners and operators.

3D printing supports extensive customisation in product design, for example through the printing and production of parts, sub-parts and even entire assemblies that are either difficult, prohibitively expensive or cannot be manufactured by traditional manufacturing processes. 3D printing is designed to save time and money, supporting on-demand manufacturing.

“We are excited to join hands with Objectify Technologies – a domain specialist and the country’s leading additive manufacturing-engineering services player,” said D Anand Bhaskar, MD and CEO of Air Works. “3D printing technologies are fast coming of age and seeing extensive adoption across the manufacturing industry. Increasingly, even global aviation, aerospace and defence industries are inching towards reaping complete benefits of this emerging technology. Our partnership with Objectify Technologies reflects our commitment to always offer the latest and the best-in-class solutions to our customers in the aviation fraternity. I am confident that this collaboration will benefit the entire spectrum of our customers across business and executive aviation, commercial airlines and the defence sector.

“The collaboration also signals the transformation of business on the part of Air Works, which has 70 years of rich aviation legacy, to address upcoming opportunities in the aerospace and defence sector, broadening our value proposition by investing in partnerships that allow us to offer cutting-edge technologies,” he added.

As per the current arrangement, while Air Works will manage regulatory compliances for civil and defence segments, Objectify Technologies will contribute with design and manufacturing capabilities. The arrangement also provides for both parties to team up to explore opportunities in other base materials, manufacturing technologies, and industry segments in the future.

“3D printing technology and materials are increasingly gaining relevance across industries given their good strength-to-weight ratio, excellent dimensional accuracy, strength and stiffness, lightness, wear resistance, good thermal performance and non-corrosiveness,” said Ankit Sahu, director of Objectify Technologies. “As a pioneer, Air Works occupies a fundamental place in the Indian aviation ecosystem, and we are proud and privileged to partner with the country’s leading aviation services provider having a domain experience of over 70 years. Our alliance with Air Works will put us in an enviable position to address the challenges of not just aviation but also those of the fast-growing aerospace and defence sectors using our collective synergies.”

Objectify Technologies, which counts Pratt & Whitney, HAL, ISRO, Collins Aerospace, Indian Air Force and DRDO among its clients, aims to serve the global aerospace industry in partnership with Air Works, to optimise their costs at a time when the industry is going through challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Works provides line maintenance services for global airlines and is certified to maintain more than 50 types of aircraft. It has 27 locations across India, with more than 1,500 employees. It also provides commercial aircraft asset management services, avionics and aircraft finishing services. Its customers include both civil (fixed and rotary wing) and military customers, as well as global OEMs, commercial airlines, business aviation companies and global lessors.

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