As a first step towards executing Dubai's 3D printing strategy, Dubai Holding has launched the International Centre for 3D Printing at Dubai Industrial City.
The center will host more than 700 local and international companies to make Dubai a major hub of 3D printing technology.
Last week, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’ that will focus on three major sectors: construction, medical products and consumer products.
The strategy is particularly relevant to the construction sector considering that the strategy aims to 3D print 25 percent 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.
Located at Dubai Industrial City, the International Centre for 3D Printing 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 centers 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.
3D printing is still in its infancy, but it's starting to show signs that it might revolutionize the way products are being manufactured at the moment.
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.