Abdulaziz Aldelaimi, CEO & Founder of 3D Utopia, met with The Times to discuss 3D Utopia's foray into the Kuwaiti market and what unique service the company offers.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and 3D Utopia.
I am the CEO & Founder of 3D Utopia, which was the first company to bring 3D printing to Kuwait in mid-2014. 3D Utopia is the first 3D Printing Services in Kuwait. Established in 2014, we aspire to reach global markets with our unique business model. Using the latest 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, we are able to bring to life your idea, be it a 3D Selfie, Architectural Design, Teeth Cast or Concept Prototype.
Can you elaborate about Artec 3D and the technology behind the 3D Shapify booth?
Artec Shapify Booth offers a unique new way of capturing life’s most important milestones like graduations, marriages and pregnancies in the form of a shapie – a 3D portrait. The booth includes 4 wide view high resolution 3D scanners which rotate around the customer, built-in lighting system, a high speed processor and 3D modeling software. The Booth scans customers in only 12 seconds; in 5 minutes a detailed 3D model is created automatically, and in 15 minutes, the high-quality 3D-printable file is completed. These high-precision scanners, used in the aerospace, medical and manufacturing industries to guarantee quality control, capture even the slightest specifics, down to wrinkles on clothes. Now with Shapify Booth and its accompanying user-friendly software, the scanners can be controlled by simply pressing one button.
What was the response to the demo held at Arraya Shopping Centre?
The demo held at Arraya Shopping Centre is the second demo we have held in the ME, the first one being at the DEAL show in Dubai which was a huge success. The response to the demo held at Arraya Shopping Centre was amazing and the crowd was extremely excited to see the booth and how it works. We believe the Shapify Booth can become many people’s first interaction with 3D technologies. That being said, the 3D Scanner is not only for consumers, but also has several benefits for enterprises and companies in the Middle East.
What are some applications for 3D in industrial and medical fields?
For industrial purposes, Artec 3D Scanners are simple, user-friendly, accurate, quick, inexpensive and can be used with objects of various sizes and degrees of complexity. This makes them well suited for use in a whole range of industries such as prototyping, reverse engineering and quality control.
In terms of medical fields, Artec 3D Scanner delivers information on the shape of an object within a matter of seconds. As a result, our devices are successfully used whenever there is a need for 3D images of an individual body part or the entire human body to make customized healthcare products or to get 3D measurements of the area. Our 3D scanners present no safety risk to people. They do not produce the sort of magnetic radiation that can damage medical instruments, and there is no need for special markers. These advantages account for their popularity in medicine and related disciplines such as plastic surgery, orthopedics and prosthetics, wheelchairs, post-trauma care and dietology.
How do you see the future for 3D Scanning and Printing in the Kuwait?
We have seen great consumer interest in 3D scanning and printing all over the world, we expect the same in Kuwait as well. In addition to 3D portraits, we see the advent of 3D fitting rooms, where you can try on your clothes online using a 3D model of yourself, playing your own 3D character in computer games and maybe even communicating long distance in 3D.