STPL3D announced a series of industrial SLA 3D printers they call “Indomake”.
The name is a slight giveaway: STPL3D is an Indian company, and part of the Sahajanand Group, based in Gujarat. This organization is a group of units producing various types of technological equipment. One of them, STPL, is a specialist in producing equipment for the diamond industry since 1993.
You might think that’s a far distance from 3D printing, but it really isn’t. The diamond processing equipment they produce includes polishers, cutters, and more. These machines are CNC equipment, where there are lasers, motion systems and toolheads.
Sounds a lot like a 3D printer, at least technologically. So it’s not that unexpected the company would launch STPL3D to specialize in SLA 3D printers. Much of their prior machine experience could be applied to the design of new 3D printers.
And that’s exactly what seems to have happened: the new Indomake line includes four models:
- Indomake INSL-300, build volume 300 x 300 x 300 mm
- Indomake INSL-600, build volume 600 x 600 x 400 mm
- Indomake INSL-800, build volume 800 x 800 x 550 mm
- Indomake INSL-1100, build volume 1100 x 600 x 550 mm
As you can see, these are large-format devices capable of producing large objects, such as automobile or aerospace parts.
All Indomake machines offer a beam spot size of 0.08 – 0.45 mm, which should generate fine resolution parts.
The Indomake machines use the Sirius Intelligent Printing Control software tool for control and management, which seems to be used by several other makers of SLA equipment. This software accepts a wide variety of input 3D file formats, including: “STL, CTL, OBJ, PLY, ZPR, ZBD, AMF, WRL, 3DS, FBX, MJPDDD, 3DPRINT, BFF, IGES, IGS, STEP and STP”.
The Indomake series joins several other SLA options on the market today, from China, USA and Europe, but there’s one big difference here: STPL3D is based in India.
India is a very large country with plenty of local industry, much of which has not yet adopted 3D printing. That seems to be a huge opportunity for 3D printer manufacturers.
Certainly the existing players already have stakes in India and it’s possible to buy most equipment. However, when a local manufacturer produces the gear needed by Indian companies, they might have a leg up over foreign competitors for a variety of reasons. Import duties, cultural association and eyes on the ground are but a few of the advantages STPL3D might have.
STPL3D Manager Kuntesh Radadiya said:
“Additive manufacturing is expecting a huge adaptation in the Indian manufacturing industries. In coming years it will be widely accepted as the foremost manufacturing technique in the small-scale production of different fields of the casting industries, shoes industries, art & craft industry, plastic industry, and automobile industry of electric vehicles. 3D printing will reduce the production & testing time of critical components and speed up the industrial revolution.”
It looks like STPL3D will be there to address that need.