Sharjah to launch the first metal 3D printing facility in the region
The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park has announced the opening of the Middle East Additive Manufacturing Center.
Immensa Technology Labs will be the first to join this center in the region.
In the presence of Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah, the announcement came during the third session, Industry 4.0, of SRTI Park Labs series.
The name and logo of MakerSpace, called "Sharjah Open Innovation Lab", the first incubator for startups and innovative works in Sharjah, was also unveiled in the presence of a number of representatives of leading international companies in the smart industries and 3D printing technology.
The organisation of these sessions comes as a part of a global vision brought about by changes that highlighted the features of the fourth industrial revolution, marked by unprecedented changes in the life of mankind.
Speaking about these projects, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park said: "We aspire through these projects to promote the Emirate of Sharjah as the capital of innovation globally and 3D Printing plays a key role in the future of many sectors from construction, medical, and aviation to everything in manufacturing. We at SRTI Park look to foster innovation by providing companies access to a wide array of 3D printing technologies starting with metal 3d printing all the way to concrete 3d printing at the Middle East Additive Manufacturing Center."
Launched at SRTI Park in strategic partnership with Immensa and other partners, the Middle East Additive Manufacturing Center is another step in propelling the UAE to the forefront of Fourth Industrial Revolution and in becoming a global center for 3D printing. The Center will be equipped with a range of industrial 3D Printers including globally leading machines such as Concept Laser from GE Additives.
The session covered topics such as Digital Fabrication in UAE, Robotics & Digital Construction, AI & Production and MakerSpace of the Future, in addition to a panel discussion. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, said Sharjah has come a long way in the field of sustainability thanks to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi. Sharjah today ranks among the top cities in the region for sustainable development.
This initiative by SRTI Park marks a significant milestone in the UAE and wider region. The 3D Printing Center for Metals will be open to use by companies in various sectors and will be a major boost to 3D printing. Immensa the region’s leading additive manufacturing company already has numerous projects in Oil & Gas, heavy equipment maintenance, maritime, and other sectors that will benefit from the new center from the first day of its launch.
"We specialise in 3D technology and this collaboration with Sharjah is a major step for the region to promote this technology as it is the first of its kind in the region and we have seen a huge demand for 3D printing in the UAE with international and regional companies working with Immensa to start producing multi-purpose parts that are in the production process for their operations," said Fahmi AlShawwa, CEO of Immensa. "We are very pleased to be partnering with SRTI Park in establishing a production facility for the manufacture of metal additives and look forward to working with the team in building the UAE’s position as a global center for industrial 3D printing."
The market size for metal Additive Manufacturing was US$2.6 billion in 2018 and is growing at 20% per year, which presents an enormous opportunity. It is estimated that total value of parts that could be produced using metal 3d printing will top USD 14.2 billion within the next 5 to 8 years. SmarTech Publishing projects that in 2021, revenues from the oil and gas industry alone will bring US $450 million to the 3D printing sector and that this will grow to around US $1.4 billion by 2025.