The 3D production of electronic devices can have its own PLI-like scheme

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology could soon come up with a production-linked incentive system (PLI) for additive manufacturing of electronic components, sources said.

At meetings last month, the IT department reached out to electronic component manufacturers to understand their requirements so that an appropriate policy could be drafted accordingly, one of the sources said.

“Special lightweight products that are used in critical electronic devices and which are very expensive to replace are one of the priorities. For the second phase, we are looking at areas other than electronic manufacturing, ”said a ministry official.

The Indian Express reported in December 2020 that the IT department would likely soon publish a guideline on additive manufacturing. The new policy aimed to promote industrial-scale 3D printing and help local businesses “break technical and economic barriers” so they could build supporting and complementary facilities for world leaders in technology such as the US and China .

According to a draft guideline, the ministry estimates additive manufacturing, or the 3D printing industry, to be $ 35.6 billion by 2023, down from less than $ 7 billion in 2017. The ministry sees potential for electronic manufacturing components 3D components in portable devices, soft robots, structure monitoring and building elements, and radio frequency identification devices.

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, uses computer-aided design to create prototypes or working models of objects by applying successive layers of materials such as plastic, resin, thermoplastic, metal, fiber or ceramic. With the help of software, the model to be printed is first developed by the computer, which then gives instructions to the 3D printer. As with the other PLI programs, the incentives for companies in the 3D or additive manufacturing space would be to meet a minimum threshold for cumulative additional investment and additional sales of manufactured goods minus taxes. However, there could be some relaxation for businesses in this area as it is a relatively new sector, an official said.

“For the electronics manufacturing industry, which is a mass production area, the demand and diffusion is currently very low. We plan to promote the application areas of companies such as smart glass, power electronics, sensors and non-electronic components in electronics such as mobile accessories and also to give them some incentives beyond PLI, ”the official said. Asia is the world leader in 3D printing and around 50 percent of its market is dominated by China. But the USA leads the world with a 35 percent share.

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