“Sharjah Innovation” attracts large companies in 3D printing

The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex has attracted a group of leading international 3D printing companies to become one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing technology platforms in the region.
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The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park is working to put together and develop an integrated work system for companies and industries in Sharjah to promote innovation in a number of sectors and industries that have brought about global change. Industrial transformations and modern production methods are among the most important technological transformations in the modern world.

As part of the Sharjah complex’s efforts to become one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing technology platforms in the region, the complex, in collaboration with major international specialized companies, has worked to establish a unit engaged in additional manufacturing specializes in large multidisciplinary laboratories that offer the best technologies and the most advanced industrial machines in the field of 3D printing. The complex has recently attracted a number of world-leading companies in this field. General Electric (GE) operates within the additive manufacturing unit in the complex through a number of advanced devices in this field. It is a large American multinational industrial and technology company.

3DTIV Tech is the latest division of the Modest Company Group, which has been providing a range of products and services to companies in the MENA region for decades, including clients in the oil and gas and construction industries. Specifications and portable cabins used for camping, large accommodation and operating facilities as well as the provision of integrated solutions for military forces.

This company strategically targets various industries with Farsoon’s SLS & SLM technology, which provides solutions to many of the challenges facing traditional manufacturing operations.

The company is working in partnership with the complex to hold 3DTIV Tech workshops and training programs on additional manufacturing in Sharjah for students and specialists to gain a unique hands-on experience on the latest 3D printing technology.

Weekly sessions will also be held to provide in-depth awareness of 3D printing processes in various categories (Design, Use Farsoon technologies, 3D printing with polymer material based on Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) powder) Demonstrate 3D printing through a wide range technologies to use Polymer materials of nylon (PA12) and composite materials such as carbon fiber, alumide, fiberglass, as well as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The project also includes a Selective Laser Melting Machine (SLM) for 3D printing of metals by the GE concept to use. M2 machine with two lasers. It can be used with stainless steel or Inconel powder.

Three-dimensional printing was developed in the eighties of the last century, and it is one of the manufacturing techniques, where the pieces are manufactured by dividing the three-dimensional designs for it into very small layers using computer programs, and then manufacturing them. use three-dimensional printers by pressing one layer over the other until the final shape is formed. This system differs from casting and sculpting systems, which waste more than 90% of the materials used in manufacturing, and 3D printers are usually faster, more economical, and easier to use than other manufacturing technologies. 3D printers give developers the ability to print overlapping, complex parts. Parts can be made of different materials with different mechanical and physical specifications and then fitted together. Advanced 3D printing technologies produce models that are very similar to the look, feel and function of a prototype product, including plastics, minerals and biological materials.

3D printing is also used to make parts of medical equipment, personal protective equipment and breathing apparatus, and in the energy and utility sector, and 3D printers are used to make parts for power generation, transmission and distribution, as well as in the air – and aerospace industries, in addition to being used to create essential parts and components.It has become a reality in the printing of cars and homes.

His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, Executive Director of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex, pointed out that 3D printing contributes greatly to the global manufacturing process, and companies need to innovate to adapt to this technology as we adapt to the complex works to be a global reference for 3D printing technology or what is called additive manufacturing. It is to accelerate the employment of this future technology to support all government, economic, health and scientific sectors in the country and the world, while striving to activate this platform to all entities working in this important sector, to unite.

Al Mahmoudi said: “Sharjah is an incubator for the largest number of industries in the United Arab Emirates, and it was necessary to work on developing a technical system to support and prepare this important sector in the country. for smart transformations and readiness to take advantage of them in the best way, so that Sharjah and through the Sharjah research complex will be a testing center An actor to experiment and apply technology, and a crucial center for a global network of developers and researchers to support the industrial sector and move it to a future industry based on the latest innovative technologies. ”

Al Mahmoudi added that the Sharjah Open Innovation Lab (SOILAB) in Sharjah Innovation Park is the first applied incubator for emerging and innovative companies in Sharjah to manufacture prototypes in addition to the Middle East Center for Additional Manufacturing, which was launched to the UAE’s goal to become a global center for 3D printing.

Al Mahmoudi explained: “If companies want to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, they must now take advantage of 3D printing or additional manufacturing, as 3D printing is one of the most advanced technologies of our time, and the solution for many. business challenges. Transformative industrial production creates parts and systems that are cheaper, customized, lighter and stronger. ”

Al Mahmoudi has also called on many companies in the region and outside the United Arab Emirates to establish their businesses in the Sharjah Innovation Complex and experience the great transformation in the global by-product manufacturing market, where investors in this sector in the complex also enjoys great support. to take advantage of the tripartite collaboration on which the complex’s work is based, which is Collaboration between private companies, the government and academia.

The future of 3D printing

According to industry experts, the global 3D printing market will reach $ 52 billion by 2027, and the healthcare industry is one of the sectors that will make significant profits from this technology, due to the increasing application of 3D printing technology as it wins. popularity in the medical field. Such as orthopedics, the printing of patient-specific body parts and organs using data from CT scans and MRIs, as well as the replication of patients’ anatomical structures. It is now possible to print a number of body parts, including teeth, jawbones, thighs, auditory organs, etc., and some scientists have also developed the use of 3D printing to produce models of cancerous parts of the body, allowing doctors to can target malignant tumors with better accuracy.

There is also an incredible growth in the demand for 3D printing in the automotive industry as it continues to innovate in creating components and cartridges for metal castings, parts and other vehicle components.

3D printing house design and construction in Sharjah

During the year 2019, the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex attracted international companies specializing in the construction of buildings using 3D printing techniques, as the first house with heritage architecture built on the complex’s land by this technology to use, which is one of the latest. technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution related to construction in collaboration with the most prominent companies owning these. This project is due to collaboration between the government, private and academic sectors on the complex’s land, as the house was built in a period not exceeding two weeks, during which a group of research students from the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah trained in this field.The American University, represented by the College of Engineering, is working to develop this technology and train students on it by conducting applied scientific research by students, faculty members, and a number of researchers from specialized companies. through testing and experimentation through projects that It will be implemented at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park to develop and apply this technology in the region.

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