Indian Steel Foundry Buys 3D Printing System from Voxeljet
Voxeljet AG, a leading global technology company for industrial 3D printing solutions, is delighted to further expand its presence in India. The Indian steel casting expert Peekay Steel Castings (P) Ltd has decided to invest in the VX4000, with a Job Box size of 4000 x 2000 x 1000mm. The VX4000 system is one of the world’s largest and most productive 3D printers with a build volume of eight cubic meters and a print speed of 54 hours for one full job box. Peekay Steel has chosen the VX4000 system to quickly and economically realize technically demanding projects and to expand into new business areas.
The VX4000 is voxeljet’s largest 3D printer and has a building volume of 4000 x 2000 x 1000 mm (8 cubic meters). Image via Voxeljet
One step ahead with 3D printing
Peekay Steel specializes in the production of high-quality steel castings, predominantly for the Oil & Gas sector, starting from 1 kg to 20 tons per casting. For most of these products they require less than four castings. As a result, the time and cost towards development of patterns can outweigh total project costs. For some complicated castings, that require non-traditional gating, the VX4000 was most suitable.
“When it comes to castings weighing several tons, the requirements for dimensional stability and accuracy are particularly high. With our 20 years of experience in the field of industrial 3D printing and the VX4000, we can offer both a wealth of experience and the right tool. With another VX4000 installation in India, we look forward to continuing our cooperation with Peekay Steel,” says Rudolf Franz, COO & CFO of voxeljet AG.
“We want to offer our customers an end-to-end solution and position ourselves as a supplier of high-quality, ready-to-install components in record times. With the VX4000, we are able to increase the flexibility of our production in order to be able to react quickly, even to complex projects. 3D printing gives us a unique competitive advantage, especially when it comes to expanding our business areas. Since the beginning, we have emphasized the importance of co engineering with our customers, most of these are Fortune 500 companies, to optimize and customize the product design, to lend better functionality and a clear competitive advantage. A specialized Design Center aligned to the VX4000 will help add value for our customers,” adds K.E. Shanavaz, Jt. Managing Director, Peekay Steel Castings (P) Ltd.
Additionally, one of the drivers was the impending uncertainty in these trying times. With the size, speed and flexibility of the VX4000 Peekay Steel can cater to new projects from their existing customers at record times while also looking for different business areas to venture into.
Peekay Steel has a multi-pronged approach to their VX4000. They not only want to support the foundry industry in India by providing services from their large system, but also plan to set up a high-tech Knowledge Center around their VX4000. This will include a training facility to support educational institutes and the industry alike. An open access of this kind is a means to attract more and more people towards the foundry industry- a much needed paradigm shift.
(from left) Mr Shanavaz Jt MD Peekay Steel, Rudolf Franz (COO & CFO voxeljet AG), Mr K E Moidu MD Peekay Steel, Mr Thoufeeq Peekay Steel and Nidhi Shah (Managing Director voxeljet India). Image via Voxeljet
Peekay Steel will be setting up the VX4000 in a brand new location at Bangalore in the Airport City.