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6) Explain the advantages of additive manufacturing? Discuss what advantages it would bring to indian manufacturing sector?(250 words)

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Topic– indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

6) Explain the advantages of additive manufacturing? Discuss what advantages it would bring to indian manufacturing sector?(250 words)

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Why this question

The article explains in a very Lucie manner what advantages are offered by 3d printing for manufacturing process and how it can benefit economies. It also examines the potential of India in appropriating the usage of additive manufacturing. This is a technology which has immense potential and hence this question is important for mains.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to first explain what additive manufacturing is and the advantages of it. Next, we need to discuss the advantages offered by this technology to optimize the manufacturing process in India, the industries where this can prove beneficial as well as discuss India’s readiness for this technology.

Directive word

Discuss  – here in your discussion, you need to bring out the advantages that such technology would bring to India and also explain the drivers that make India ready for accepting such a technological shift.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain what additive manufacturing is.

Body

  • Discuss the advantages offered by additive manufacturing as explained in the article – bring down cost, decentralize manufacturing etc
  • Discuss the advantages that it can have for India – eliminates large capital outlays. Machines are cheaper, inventories can be small and space requirements are not large. Thus, jump-starting manufacturing does not face the massive hurdle of large capital requirement and the traditional small and medium enterprises can easily be adapted and retooled towards high technology manufacturing, Indian expertise in software sector etc
  • Explain what makes India ready to take this technological leap – programs such as digital India, digital penetration etc

Conclusion – Summarize the advantages of adopting additive manufacturing and way forward.