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DEWA jumps on 3D Printing Bandwagon

DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) has big plans for 3D printing. The company is the first GCC-based organisation to deploy Markforged Metalx 3D printing based on wire/filament. DEWA also uses 3D printers to produce prototypes and spare parts for DEWA’s generation, transmission, and distribution divisions, and to support the digitisation of its inventory.

The R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park supports rapid prototyping through its 3D printer advanced features. It also provides technical solutions, training, knowledge sharing, mechanical testing, techno-economic analysis, and research and development in additive manufacturing.

The R&D Centre also includes DEWA’s Robotics & Drone laboratory, which is the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite, and the first such 3D-printed lab in the world. The lab houses rovers and drones that are designed and built in-house.

The programme also supports the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a global hub for 3D printing technology by 2030.

DEWA’s R&D Centre supports 3D printing of components that can endure high temperatures and harsh weather conditions. It includes the latest 3D printing technologies, such as reinforced plastic printers using a mixture of carbon fibre or fibreglass; CYBE printers; and Markforged Metalx metal printers.

Back in March DEWA organised 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Workshop, in cooperation with General Electric (GE). The workshop was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between DEWA and GE last March to collaborate in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and Industrial Internet technologies.