August 2017

World’s First 3D Printed Lab to Open in Dubai

Photo Source: Khaleej Times

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recently toured and reviewed the site of the new 3D-printed Lab which has reached 87% project completion. The lab will soon be ready and is the first of its kind.

The 3D-printed lab is being printed and assembled on-site at at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world.. The lab has been set up to study the science and performance of autonomous aerial vehicles (drones), 3D-printing and advanced manufacturing techniques, and other applications of cutting-edge technologies for the city.

In line with its commitment to growing Dubai’s innovation economy, DEWA invited a number of specialized professionals, academics and university students to participate in the construction and building phases of the project, providing opportunities for knowledge enrichment and hands-on work experience with 3D printed structures.

The laboratory will house four sub-labs within its 132 square meter facility. These sub labs include areas specializing in; electronics, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and prototypes. Each sub-lab aims to further research, engineer solutions, and innovate new products.

The 3D-printed lab project by DEWA marks the next step in the city’s deployment of innovative design and construction methods using emerging technology. 3D-printing and advanced manufacturing technology helps to reduce both building cost and time, which are typically the largest hurdles found in modern building projects.

Through the 3D-printed lab, DEWA is supporting and further elevating Dubai’s 3D printing strategy, helping make Dubai the worlds leading 3D-printing hub by 2030.

Khaleej Times