Speaker Interview

 

Navin Shakthivel, Lead Engineer-Emerging Technologies, Additive Manufacturing Technology Development, Baker Hughes

April 2021

 

 

In his role at Baker Hughes, Navin Shaktivel is responsible for leading a program for developing innovative products. His work ranges from early Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) to production deployment for transformation in Digital Solutions (DS) business using 3D printing technologies & multi-disciplinary approaches.
 
In addition to this, Navin focuses on innovating solutions using interdisciplinary emerging technologies in Energy Technology, and he leads 3D printing (additive manufacturing) deployment for implementing innovative solutions on value and systems engineering fronts for Digital Solutions, Baker Hughes.
 
Navin will be sharing his additive manufacturing expertise as a panelist this year, and we caught up with him to see how this exciting area of the industry is sizing up.
 
You will be a speaker on the panel about the commercialization of ceramic additive manufacturing (AM). What do you think will be the greatest benefits that AM will bring to the market through commercialization?
 
Supply chain disruption will be the key value proposition that additive manufacturing will bring to the market through systematic R&D, qualification, and commercialization. The supply chain disruption will manifest in the form of local manufacturing, short lead times, reduced assembly steps and supply chain costs. Benefits of manufacturing complexity is a freebie from additive manufacturing which will also be translated into benefits.
 
The ceramic additive manufacturing market is set to open up many opportunities within a number of industries. Is there a specific industry that you think will be particularly enhanced by what it has to offer?
 
The energy Industry is going through the biggest transition in decades right now. This includes emphasis on renewable energy, carbon capture, energy storage, efficient energy methods, condition monitoring in energy generations. These are very harsh environments where ceramics can solve many structural and functional problems. Hence, AM can bring a great impact to the energy technology industry by rendering ceramics deployment ready in this sector.
 
With regards to industry developments in the past year, is there anything that has stood out to you most? Why is this?
 
The ceramics AM machine system manufacturers have progressed tremendously in improving the Technology Readiness Levels of the AM systems in the recent past. These companies are 3D Ceram, Lithoz, Exone, Xjet. They have been commercializing the system at a rate manifold times greater than the early years.
 
On the technical aspects, improving the green density tremendously is one of the greatest technical milestones in the industry recently.
 
We’re very happy to have you as a returning speaker at Ceramics Expo, what are you most looking forward to at the show?
 
I have been participating in Ceramics Expo for some consecutive years now, since I was a research student in Additive Manufacturing. Last year I had the opportunity to host the panel discussion and this year will be my first time attending the Ceramics expo as a speaker. I am very excited to see how AM ceramics and the show has progressed over the years.
 
If you were sent to live on a deserted island for a month, what one item would you take with you and why?
 
Yoga mat or chanting beads! I would love to use such an opportunity to delve deeper into meditation, consciousness and mindfulness.
 

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