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3D printing, 3D printing factory UAE, Materials, Technology, UAE

UAE opens its first 3D printing factory

The UAE’s first 3D printing factory has been launched by Immensa Technology Labs, Construction Week Online reports.

Immensa is known for its additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing capabilities.

The facility features eight 3D printing systems, and offers more than 30 materials for production.

Immensa’s factory is “equipped to build and manufacture production-quality parts, components, and one-off prototypes for customers across a variety of industries”, according to a company statement.

Some of the technologies used at the laboratory include selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), extrusion (FDM), and material jetting.

The company’s engineers will work with clients to ensure their product requirements are met.

The firm also offers full consultation on the integration of 3D printing into manufacturing processes.

Remarking on the factory’s launch, Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO of Immensa, said: “There are ample opportunities for organisations in the UAE to adopt AM to enhance their efficiency and competitiveness.

“Our team is passionate about 3D printing, design and manufacturing, and we cover the entire process to help our clients at every step of the way, from design concepts and material options to technology selection, 3D printing production and post-production processing.”

The factory’s launch is in line with the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, launched in 2016 by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Construction technologies firm Cazza announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper in Dubai. 

Dubai Future Foundation also announced a partnership with US multinational software corporation Autodesk to provide $100 million financing for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the 3D printing sector in the region.

During the 2015 designMENA Summit, architects discussed the pros and cons of the growing 3D printing industry. Read about it here.