Wipro3D, IIT-B to build parts for electric race car

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on May 28, 2018

Wipro3D, the additive manufacturing (AM) business unit of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, has signed an MoU with IIT Bombay to use additive manufacturing technology for the fabrication of complex parts in a Formula Student electric race car.

Formula Students (FS) is one of Europe’s older educational motorsport competitions, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE) wherein teams from 110 European universities, 8,000 students and 2,000 professors from different universities come from across the globe.

The new electric race car, called EvoX, developed by the Formula Student team will be competing in the upcoming Student Competition to be held during the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, according to company officials.

Wipro 3D will contribute technical expertise on additive manufacturing for the electric race car, as well as the equipment and material for the fabrication of parts, while IIT Bombay Racing will provide the designs for the parts to be manufactured.

Ajay Parikh, Vice-President and Business Head – Wipro3D, said: “We will 3D print critical metal components of this car and will fabricate multiple components.”

Kanishka Panda, Chief Mechanical Officer, IIT Bombay Racing, said that in collaboration with Wipro 3D, the first additively manufactured titanium alloy automotive component in the country was manufactured. “With additive manufacturing and with the use of Titanium, 40 per cent weight reduction has been achieved in the component, in addition to improvement in the ergonomics of the part,” she added. In March this year, Wipro3D launched an experience centre for metal 3D printing in Bengaluru and has plans to take the solutions developed in this centre to a global marketplace.

Wipro3D was established in 2012 within Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and since then has developed a range of end-use applications in the four years and offers AM solutions, products and services, to industries such as automotive, aerospace, industrial, healthcare, heavy engineering and oil & gas.

Published on May 28, 2018

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