Read: 3D Printing Technology – from UK to UAE

The intrigue and excitement about 3D printing technology continue to grow on a global scale, especially here in the UAE and on British soil.

With the launch of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE is positioning itself as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030. Since the 2016 Dubai opening of the world’s first functioning 3D-printed office building, the country has been embracing innovation with both hands. From new buildings to prosthetic limbs and hearing aids, 3D innovations are a significant part of the UAE’s commitment to cutting edge diversification.

This ambition is matched in the UK with the establishment of the UK Government sponsored National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) in Coventry. NCAM focuses on accelerating the uptake of additive manufacturing (AM) by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the value chain.

 

Both countries clearly recognise that AM is a rapidly growing technology, with global sales in excess of £6bn in 2017, growing to £20bn by 2022. At Kingsbury Gulf, we are encouraged by both countries’ investment in this area. Not only are we helping to bring world-class 3D printing technology to the GCC, but we are also involved in the deployment of an AddUp Additive Engineering 3D metal printing machine to NCAM.

Research and Markets recently published a study of the additive manufacturing market applied to the aerospace sector; the consulting firm announced a growth rate of 23.01% between 2017 and 2021. Such a forecast indicates the potential of 3D technologies in the aerospace sector, as well as many other possible applications today. According to the report on this specific sector, the aerospace sector would mainly use additive manufacturing to improve the performance of a part and reduce its weight. There is no question that 3D technologies can offer more freedom and efficiency in the design of more complex parts.

Clearly, the UAE is well placed to take a significant share of this evolving opportunity, if the country reacts accordingly. We would be especially encouraged to see a National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) replicated here in the UAE, as a GCC centre of excellence.

With the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, the UAE has committed to exploiting technology for the service of humanity. Its ability to adopt an emerging technology will help cut cost across multiple sectors, especially the medical and construction sectors in Dubai. 3D printing technology will not only restructure the UAE’s economy and labour market, but it will also redefine productivity.

With the inaugural Additive Manufacturing Middle East (AMME) trade show in Dubai in early June, there is no question that the UAE is taking proactive approach to the technology, processes and people relating to additive manufacturing, and we look forward to growing the presence of this incredible machinery around the region.