3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Lab

Objectives: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing is an Emerging technology, Where the Manufacturing a product is much faster than all conventional manufacturing technologies. Many manufacturing Industries use various 3D Printing technologies in various applications such as in Automobile, Aerospace, Defense and in Bio- medical applications etc.

Earlier, 3D-printed components were used as Prototypes for scientific experiments across different disciplines. Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing Lab is equipped with various configurations of 3d Printers, Professional 3D Scanner, also has flagship CAD/CAM software packages and high-end CAD/CAM workstations to meet the present industrial requirements.

The lab is aimed at giving exposure and enhancing the knowledge and skills of engineers involved in the operation use of 3D Scanners, 3D Printers, CAD packages and for those who want to provide training to others in this area. It gives exposure and on hand experience in the field of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, 3D scanning and, reverse engineering, some of the facilities available as follows:


NIELIT Chennai 3D Printing Laboratory has Latest Equipments and Design Software's as mentioned below:

  • Makerbot Method X FDM 3D Printer
  • Artec Space Spider 3D Scanner
  • CATIA V5 Software
  • CATIA Reverse Engineering Software
  • Ultimaker CURA
  • CATIA Virtual Lab


Makerbot Method X FDM 3D Printer: Makerbot MethodX, a FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Type 3D Printer From Stratasys, Which is Capable of   manufacturing Products with Industrial Grade ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), Carbon Fiber, PLA, PETG materials etc., a 100°C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts.

Artec Artec Space Spider is a high-resolution 3D scanner which is based on blue light technology. Artec Scanner is perfect for capturing small objects or intricate details of large industrial objects in high resolution, with steadfast accuracy and brilliant color.

The scanner’s ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges and thin ribs etc. It is an ideal industrial 3D scanner for high resolution capturing of objects such as molding parts, PCBs, keys, coins or even a human ear, followed by the export of the final 3D model to CAD software.

CATIA V5: CATIA software (an acronym of computer-aided three dimensional interactive application) is a multi- platform software suite for

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD),
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM),
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE),
  • Product Lifecycle Management

Developed by the French company Dassault Systemes. CATIA is increasingly chosen as the primary 3D design system for many companies, there is a large demand for CATIA designers. When you learn to use CATIA, you also learn to work with leading-edge technology and play an important role in innovation. You get to put your imagination to work at full-speed because with CATIA there are no boundaries. CATIA is one of most versatile design tool that’s employed in a multitude of industries.

CATIA Reverse Engineering Software: As computer-aided design (CAD) has become more popular, reverse engineering has become a viable tool to create a 3D virtual model of an existing physical part or Product used in 3D CAD, CAM, CAE or other software. The reverse-engineering process involves measuring an object and then reconstructing it as a 3D model. The physical object can be measured using 3D scanning technologies like CMMs, laser scanners, structured light digitizers, or industrial CT scanning (computed tomography).In CATIA, by using 3DEXPERIENCE, Reverse Engineering became a very powerful design tool.