Indian Air Force purchases J Group Robotics 3D printers to upgrade its aging fighter jets
The Indian Government plans to upgrade its aging stock of French Mirage fighter jets with the help of 3D printing. The Indian government has asked the Indian National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to carry on a re-engineering of the old fighter jets.
The NAL has put an eye on 3D printing to achieve its purpose. The lab wi use 3D printers to speed up the building of prototypes, spare parts and conduct feasibility studies to use those 3D printed parts as replacements for the jets.
NAL, which already has a number of Stratasys 3D printers, is concerned about the high costs of proprietary raw materials. To leverage its budget, the NAL as turned to domestic company J Group Robotics, which will supply them with a Dimension Delta, an all metal Dual nozzle FFF 3D printer starting at $2000.
The Dimension Delta XL can build objects up to 420 mm diameter and 720 mm height with a 50 micron resolution. There is a wide range of materials to use such as ABS, PLA, Nylon. PVA, PP, HIPS and some 'exotic' filaments focused to a specific vsual appearance that are rarely used in functional parts, the common wood and stone-filled filaments and some new formulations comng out of the labs every week.
The key point for the deal is the raw material can be sourced from different suppliers at cost as little as $30 per kg, while the Stratasys materials are much more expensive.