Monday 2, May 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Holding has launched the International Center for 3D Printing in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai an International destination for 3D printing by 2030.
The project, located at Dubai Industrial City, will create a suitable atmosphere and provide the appropriate infrastructure to bring under one roof a network of design and technology suppliers as well as factories. It will include research centres and laboratories for testing materials used in 3D printed products within an integrated environment dedicated to serve construction, medicine, and consumer products sectors. It will also involve the academic sector, which will add innovation and educational value to this initiative through research and development.
The new project aims to build a network of distinguished companies in the 3D printing sector by attracting entrepreneurs and innovators as well as targeting international enterprises locally and globally by offering special laboratories for 3D printing. It will also offer services, professional training, facilities, storage solution, and other logistical support to strengthen this sector.
On this occasion, Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Investments, said: “The launch of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum comes in line with the vision and strategic directions of the emirate of Dubai to support innovation and future industry. The world is experiencing significant demand for 3D printing technologies which are set to play an important role in developing basic industries such as real estate.”
Dr. Al Rustamani added: “We will work on providing a suitable environment for specialised companies and attracting innovative minds by offering the required infrastructure that match the aspirations of the wise leadership. We believe that the new strategy will be a vital element in creating support for Dubai’s key role in the area of 3D printing.”
Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The establishment of the International Center for 3D Printing by Dubai Holding will enable us take the first steps towards achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai a global centre of 3D printing technology.”
The Centre focuses on providing all the components in an integrated system to take this technology from the ideas and innovation stage to the design phase, and provide the materials to a promising market within the, construction, medical and consumer product sectors,” added Saif Al Aleeli.
Al Aleeli pointed out that the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is particularly relevant to the construction sector considering that the strategy aims to 3D print 25% of buildings in Dubai by 2030. This will create a huge demand in the market and offer large investment opportunities for companies and investors locally, regionally and globally, he added.
Abdullah Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Industrial City said: “The next phase of the International Centre for 3D Printing is to translate the vision of our wise leadership in the 3D printing domain by providing the latest technology and the best solutions in the industry to meet the requirements of local and international companies in this sector. The Centre will offer the advantages of ​​strategic location, advanced infrastructure, developed offices, warehouses, exhibition facilities, not to mention the integrated support system that will enable companies to establish their business. The Centre will host more than 700 local and international companies to make Dubai a major hub of 3D printing technology.”
Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which aims to make Dubai a global capital of 3D printing technologies by 2030, will focus on three major sectors: Construction, Medical Products, Consumer Products.
The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy has five main pillars, namely: Infrastructure, Legislative Structure, Funding, Talent and Market Demand.
The recent report of Strategy & , a global research institution, showed that 3D printing is at the forefront global industry trends in 2016 and will play a major role in reducing the manufacturing cost and time in construction sector. The sector will grow dramatically to become an important segment in the coming period, it added.
Dubai Industrial City is located within Dubai Wholesale City near the Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port. It offers its services to organisations in the field of small and medium industries, with a focus on sectors such as food, transport equipment, spare parts, machinery and mechanical equipment, logistics, chemicals, products mineral and basic metals.