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Aug 10, 2011

Objet AP Ltd unveils Objet260 Connex customized for the Indian market

“In India, the future & scope of 3D printing is potentially high in the wake of industrial growth hitting 13%. 3D printing is going to be a huge industry because it is more efficient than traditional manufacturing and has a tremendous impact on how we buy, sell and produce things,” said Mr. Ashan Dhunna, Sales Director - India & ME, Objet Geometries AP Limited.

Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd, recently unveiled the Objet260 Connex, a compact and competitively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers in India.

Based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology, the world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet 2 materials at the same time, the Objet260 Connex has the ability to use Objet’s range of over 60 printing materials which provide users with a wide range of mechanical, thermal and physical properties from rigid to rubber, to clear transparency and ABS-grade engineering plastics. The system can also print a model replica made of up to 14 individual materials in a single print run.

Commenting on the new 3D printer Ashan Dhunna said, “India is a very important market for us where 3D printing and prototyping sector holds huge potential. The availability of the Objet260 Connex will not only ensure high quality results but we believe that it will also be a preferred choice for a price conscious market such as India. The compact Objet260 Connex brings our high-resolution, multi-material 3D printing to new levels of accessibility for front-line designers and engineers who demand the highest quality prototypes and true-product representation. And all this in a system that is quiet, reliable and small enough to run in the corner of any office.”

The 3D printing industry, globally, has witnessed a steep growth since 2003 and this technology is being widely adopted in industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, jewellery and footwear. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s World Rapid Prototyping Equipment Markets, reveals that the market earned revenues of $300 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $859.4 million by 2013.

Compared to the global market, the Indian market is at a fairly nascent stage. The Indian 3D market is very new and there is a level playing ground for all players. Objet, however, hopes to capture the largest share in the market as a result of their distinct advantages over competition in terms of pricing, quality of service and diversity in offerings.

In India, Objet is currently focusing on segments like Auto, education, consumer electronics, Industrial machinery, Medical equipments etc. Objet business will be based on the channel partner distribution model. They are in the process of appointing their India channel partners and will be operating out of their Gurgaon office in Delhi before expanding to other regions in India.