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The emerging world of 3D printing

3D printing ecosystem is quietly taking shape in India with corporates leveraging the technology 

Soumik Kar

The city of Mumbai hides in its crevices little secrets that wouldn’t be apparent to the naked eye of a passerby. Who would have thought that the dreary new passport office in the industrial hub of Marol, in Andheri, houses a tastefully designed modernistic office? We are standing in Imaginarium, the ‘self-proclaimed evangelists of 3D printing in India’, as their technical and operations head, Guruprasad Rao, puts it. The office decor is heavily influenced by cubism: sharp angular designs in tune with their futuristic line of work and imparting the illusion that all office furniture and accessories have been 3D printed en masse.