Dubai Police, UL talk 3D printing risks

Dubai Police is collaborating with 3D printing experts to help ensure the technology is understood and adopted safely in the UAE

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Dubai Police, UL talk 3D printing risks Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai ruler of Dubai announced that by 2030 25% of all of Dubai's construction will be 3D printed. (Twitter @DXBMediaOffice )
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  December 28, 2016

Global safety science firm, UL, is collaborating with Dubai Police to outline the risks and potential criminality posed by 3D printing.

The not-for-profit organisation kicked off the collaboration with a two-day workshop covering the emerging industry, processes, materials and quality as well as the various safety considerations. With many GCC countries confirming that they intend to invest heavily in the world altering technology in the next ten years, UL is encouraging a diligent and responsible approach to ensure the technology is understood and adopted in the correct manner.

Hamid Syed, vice president & GM, UL Middle East, said: "3D printing, or additive manufacturing, will change the world in the years to come offering huge steps forward in manufacturing, construction, medical care and many other sectors.

"However, as with all new technology it must be understood to be implemented safely. By understanding why the necessary training is important and what type of training individuals need, we can safely move this innovative technology in the right direction as it is applied across different industries and applications.

"It's fantastic to see forward thinking authorities such as Dubai Police not only embracing this exciting technology, but doing so in such a controlled and well thought out manner."

Colonel Badran Al Shamsi, deputy director of the General Department of Training at Dubai Police said: "3D printing technology is advancing rapidly across the world and Dubai Police are committed to being forerunners in the 3D generation by highlighting the world's best practices adopted in the public safety industry." 

According to Wohlers Associates, the global 3D printing market - or additive manufacturing as it is also known - is expected to reach $21bn by 2020 with safety equipment, toys, construction and manufacturing products among a range of goods that are expected to be provided locally through the world altering technology. However, alongside the many potential benefits there are also very serious potential dangers and risks, including the possibility of criminality in terms of counterfeit and untested goods.

Dr Khalid Rafi, Lead Development Engineer at UL's Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Singapore was a keynote speaker at the seminar. He believes another concern is the number of people in key industries throughout the world who don't understand the technology.

Earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai ruler of Dubai announced that by 2030 25% of all of Dubai's construction will be 3D printed.

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