An Indian tech startup winning accolades on the world stage should make every Indian proud. This has been achieved by Bangalore based Ethereal Machines, which is in the 3-D printing space, at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 at Las Vegas, USA.
The company bagged the ‘Best of Innovation’ award for a machine Ethereal Halo, in the 3D printing category. The machine developed by this Indian startup has a unique 5-axis printing feature and that must have clinched them the award.
3D printing is getting increasingly adopted in the manufacturing sector and Ethereal Machines are already witnessing a lot of interest being shown in their product by prospective customers.
Set up by two college mates, Kaushik Mudda and Navin Jain, Ethereal Machines was founded when they were still in college. Explaining the special feature of the machine they have developed, they claim that no other machine has the 5-axis printing and 5-axis cutting provision that their Halo machines have. This means that some of the parts or components that have overhangs or extensions can also be printed with their machines, which was hitherto not possible. Some of their smaller models used for 3D printing activities over a desktop also allow the printed component to be machined.
The features and functions of the 3D printing machine developed by this startup could find applications in diverse industries like Automotive prototyping and Jewellery making.
Mohal Lalbhai has made an investment in Ethereal Machines and has also joined the Board as a Director. By stealing the limelight at CES 2018, many VCs might come rushing in with funding proposals. The company currently employs around 20 people and hopes to scale up soon.
With this 5-axis 3D printer Halo and a regular 3D printer Ray, Ethereal is expecting to capture the niche market they are in. Their previous experience in making CNC Routers has come in handy in innovating the new machine, according to the founders of this startup.