Marco Polo: One-Stop-Shop for New Product Development Needs of Plastic & Metal Products

Aditya Kumar,Founder

Aditya Kumar


Predominantly known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing during its evolution in 1980s, 3D printing has lately plunged into the consumer space as well as the manufacturing of small figurines to complex organ transplants. Harbouring extensive experiences in prototyping and 3D printing of plastic products over multiple years, Marco Polo came into existence in 1999 as one of the first company in India to offer 3D printing and prototyping services. Clearly, the firm today demarcates as India’s largest 3D printing & prototyping service bureau furnished with the largest machines to cater to extremely complicated projects, especially for automobile and engineering industries. “Leveraging our competence in 3D printing, vacuum casting, reaction injection molding, soft tooling, pre-production run and many other streams, our team has carved its niche in delivering new product development(NPD) services for plastic products which gives us a strong edge over our competitors,” enunciates Aditya Kumar, Founder, Marco Polo.

Sampling Engineering Components
Post the inclusion of additive
manufacturing, prototype development has beheld a tremendous change entailing products with low costs, less development time and high quality. With a strong forte in most popular technologies like Stereo Lithography Analysis (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering(SLS)and many more, Marco Polo seamlessly designs and develops plastic and metal components for various industries. Pinning its focus on to SLA technology, the firm is equipped with the largest machines (800x800x600 mm size) in the industry to carve extremely large components without any splits in between. Besides, the subtractive manufacturing process at Marco Polo employs conventional CNC milling/turning machines to obtain plastic/metal/wood components with high precision. The firm is also engaged in fabrication of prototypes from sheet metals (thickness 1.2-1.5 mm) exclusively for functional and fitment testing.

inning its focus on to SLA technology, the firm is equipped with the largest machines in the industry to carve extremely large components without any splits in between

In the downstream of 3D printing, the firm’s vacuum casting process includes manufacturing complex injection moulded parts using additive/subtractive prototyping in a short period of time. As these prototypes many a times do not
possess the strengths for reliable testing in design validation, Marco Polo extends its arm in developing soft tools in lesser times with lesser costs. The firm also adeptly handles the development of large sized and complicated components by blending SLA technology with vacuum casting and soft tooling processes. Marco’s team further provides ‘Process Selector’, a guideline for customers to pick the right technology and right process in 3D printing for the right outcomes.

QA Par Excellence
An ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485 and ISO/TS 16949 (in process of getting approved) certified firm, Marco Polo adequately records all the customer requirements and deploys dedicated project managers & QA team to execute quality checks at every stage in the NPD process. Post this, the team also performs the final inspection of products using requisite equipment before dispatching them to customers. Indeed, Marcopolo's products primarily outshine as tools for validating NPD designs in internal R&D centres of large OEMs.

Being the recipient of Plasticon award at Plastindia, Best Innovative Company for 3D Printing in 2012 and a prestigious award for innovations in 3D printing from Rapid Prototyping Society of India, Marco Polo is growing its revenue at a steady 15-20 percent YOY and witnessed above 40 percent growth last FY. Moreover, the firm has futuristic plans of exploring the metal 3D printing space over the next two years, bolstering its plastic prototyping expertise and also enhancing its capacity to serve more and more customers.