Ex ISRO engineer turned business person Dhinesh Kanagaraj was constantly inspired by the field of composite materials.’ During his three-year spell with the public space association, he was additionally seeking after and ideating along comparative lines.
An alum of IIT-Madras, Dhinesh, and IIT-Delhi graduate Abhijeet Rathore met in ISRO in 2011 and dealt with mainstream missions like GSLV Mk-III and Chandrayaan-II. Subsequent to find employment elsewhere at ISRO, Dhinesh alongside his associate Abhijeet started Chennai-based Fabheads Automation in 2015 for building robotized answers for manufacturing composite items.
They were joined by Akshay Ballal from BIT-Mesra, who began as an assistant at Fabheads straight out of school, however later proceeded in the association full time, and is presently the Chief Product Officer.
Akshay clarifies that Fabheads is creating robotization gear for assembling top-of-the-line carbon fiber parts.
Carbon fiber materials are generally utilized across elite businesses like robots, delivering, hustling, biomedical, aviation, and protection among others. Akshay clarifies that carbon fiber is referred to as being light pretty much as plastic yet solid as steel.
“Carbon fiber parts are customarily manufactured by to a great extent relentless manual cycles, expanding both creation cost and time. Fabheads has planned and built up another 3D printer arrangement, ‘FibrBots’, for constant carbon fiber material with our licensed ‘Scaled-down Tow Placement’ measure,” he says.
Planning answers for mechanized creation
Fabheads mechanization is building 3D printers that can print persistent fiber-supported parts. FibrBots, a progression of 3D printers worked in-house, has been produced for empowering carbon fiber printing.
The startup is basically zeroing in on the aviation, car, and biomedical areas. “Our significant customers are ventures associated with superior assemblings, like aviation, protection, robots, and EVs among others. Further, our customers incorporate substances like schools, universities, producer spaces, and different new businesses who need 3D printing ability with materials like carbon fiber,” Akshay says.
He adds that Fabheads is presently giving 3D printing innovation as a support of its customers. Presently the organization is additionally hoping to dispatch the printers on the lookout available to be purchased.
Three adaptations have been created by Fabheads – FibrBot 300S, FibrBot 300, and FibrBot 1K – in the arrangement being dispatched on the lookout available to be purchased.
“Around 80% of our customer base today is from the robot area, where we oblige carbon fiber airframe manufacture prerequisites to a few robot OEMs. We typically enter a joint advancement program with our robot customers where we help them through the improvement stage till large-scale manufacturing and accordingly have a year-long commitment with the vast majority of our customers,” Akshay says.
For an organization that started its excursion with a little gathering of assistants, Fabheads presently has 18 full-time colleagues.
Business and More
Fabheads offers creation benefits straightforwardly to its customers including Dell, The ePlane Company, Tunga Systems, and Synergy Marine among numerous others. The startup likewise won a guard improvement project for the Indian Air Force by means of the iDEX program, an activity dispatched by PM Modi to accomplish confidence and cultivate advancement and innovation advancement in Defense and Aerospace by drawing in MSMEs, new businesses, and different associations.
As a piece of this, the profound tech startup will be planning and creating carbon fiber helicopter cutting edges for the Indian Air Force. Very nearly 50% of all IAF helicopters utilize metal sharp edges that should be supplanted following 2000 hours. These edges are for the most part imported, bringing about high support costs.
Notwithstanding, as per Fabheads’ case, the sharp edges being created by them will be intended to offer at least 8000 hours of lifetime, decreasing the support cost by in any event 30%.
“Our advancement lies in the machines we make. We offer these in more modest designs to associations that need 3D printing ability for materials like carbon fiber in-house. Yet, we hold the bigger machines in-house to oblige creation benefits straightforwardly. For modified high volume specialty items, we offer an authorizing model, where we build up a custom creation line utilizing our machines,” Akshay clarifies.
As per the organization, Fabheads is Asia’s sole Carbon Fiber 3D printer creator. Poland-based Dexcraft offers comparative types of assistance, as it plans and fabricates elite carbon fiber items for the car, clinical, military industry among numerous others.
Hatched at IIT-Madras Incubation Cell, the startup brought $500K up in its seed reserve from Keiretsu-Chennai Chapter and financial backer Vijay Kedia in 2018. Fabheads are as of now during the time spent raising the following round of assets.
“We plan to extend universally in the US and Europe in the following two years. We will dispatch a few variations of our items in the coming years, according to industry prerequisites,” the fellow benefactor adds.