Dubai to become an international 3D printing hub
3D printing services will grow from $2.5bn in 2013 to $16.2bn in 2018, according to Canalys
Earlier this year, Dubai welcomed the world's first 3D printing office which was opened by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai's ruler His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
His Highness recently launched the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy', a global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030.
Dominic Wright, business development director at Generation 3D, said during his presentation at the monthly CIOMajlis session: "Dubai has already taken major steps toward using 3D printing. It's the world's first to have a 3D Printing strategy and its measures to have clear plans in different sectors have already laid a strong foundation for the further growth of 3D printing across various sectors including construction, oil and gas and medical."
Ahmed Al Mulla, chairman of CIOMajlis, who is also senior vice president, Corporate Services at Emirates Global Aluminium, said: "We have already started to see the transformative impact 3D printing is creating. An integration with other technologies opening further wide room for innovation across all sectors and guided by the vision of our leadership, Dubai is set to lead this transformation."
The major benefits of 3D printing, explained Wright, come in the way of cost saving, design flexibility and time effectiveness.
"You are not constrained to old methods, you can build shapes and designs that did not seem possible earlier. All you need to have is the design, in the right scenario, you can build something in one-tenth of the time and save even up to 80 per cent in costs especially because you save a lot in terms of set up costs involved in manufacturing," he added.
"Companies need to start looking where it can be integrated and whether it is going to be relevant to their industry. Don't fall behind and let this pass you by but also don't use it where it's not necessary."
Talking about the shift in the nature of employment, he added: "There will be a higher demand for 3D designers, 3D engineers, 3d printing engineers, hardware engineers. People in the related industries should keep themselves updated."