Dubai to launch International Centre for 3D Printing

Centre will include facilities for production, training and research in 3D field

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Dubai to launch International Centre for 3D Printing Rustamani: The International Center for 3D Printing will aim to encourage companies and entrepreneurs in the 3D printing field.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 2, 2016

Dubai Holding has announced the launch of the International Center for 3D Printing, to create a centre for 3D printing companies and R&D in Dubai.

The announcement follows 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 International Center for 3D Printing will be located at Dubai Industrial City, and will aim to provide a centralized location for 3D design and technology suppliers as well as factories, as well as research facilities.

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 by offering special laboratories for 3D printing. It will also offer services, professional training, facilities, storage solution, and other logistical support to strengthen the sector.

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.

"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," Dr Al Rustamani added.

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 Dubai 3D Printing Strategy aims to make Dubai a global capital of 3D printing technologies by 2030, with a focus on three main sectors - construction, medical products, and consumer products. The strategy includes infrastructure, legislative structure, funding, talent and market demand.

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."

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