Sharjah Innovation Park attracts major international companies specializing in 3D printing

To create the largest and most advanced 3D printing technology platform in the region

Sharjah: Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park works to assemble 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 be one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing technology platforms in the region, the complex, in collaboration with leading international companies specializing in the establishment of a unit specializing in the production of additives, includes large multidisciplinary laboratories containing the best technologies. and the most advanced industrial machinery in the field of 3D printing The complex has recently attracted a number of leading international companies in this field. General Electric (GE) is working within the additive production unit in the complex through a number of advanced equipment in this field , which is a large American multinational industrial and technological company.

3DTIV Tech is the newest division of the Modest Company Group, which has provided a range of products and services to companies in the MENA region for decades, including clients in the oil, gas and construction industries. Modest specializes in building high-precision prefabricated units and portable cabins for camps, large accommodations and operational facilities, as well as providing turnkey solutions for military forces.

This company strategically targets multiple industries with Farsoon SLS & SLM technology, providing solutions to many of the challenges faced by traditional manufacturing operations.

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

Weekly sessions will also be held to provide in-depth awareness of 3D printing processes in several categories (Design, Use of Farsoon Technologies, 3D Printing Using Polymeric Powder Selective Laser Melting Powder (SLS), Print Demonstration 3D using SLS). A wide range of nylon (PA12) polymer materials and components such as carbon fiber, aluminum and glass fiber, as well as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Laser, can also be used with stainless steel or Inconel powder

Three-dimensional printing took place in the eighties of the last century and is one of the production techniques, where parts are produced by dividing three-dimensional designs for them into very small layers using computer programs and then they are produced. using three-dimensional printers by pressing one layer on top of the other until the final shape is formed. This system differs from molding and sculpting systems, which waste more than 90% of the material used in manufacturing, and 3D printers are usually faster, more economical, and easier to use than other technologies. production. 3D printers give developers the ability to print complex overlapping parts, and the parts can be made from different materials with different mechanical and physical specifications and then adapted to each other. Advanced 3D printing technologies produce patterns that closely resemble the look, feel, and function of a prototype product, including plastics, metals, and biological materials.

3D printing is also used to make medical equipment, personal protective equipment and ventilators. In the energy and services sector, 3D printers are used to produce parts for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It is also used in the aerospace and aerospace industry, in addition to its use in the creation of vital parts and components. It has also become a reality in car and house printing.

His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, Executive Director of Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex, noted that “3D printing adds a lot to the global production process and companies need to innovate to adapt to this technology as we work to make complex a global reference for 3D printing technology or what it is called (manufacturing) .Our goal is to accelerate the use of this future technology to support all governmental, economic, health and scientific sectors at home and in the world, as we seek to activate this platform to unify all entities working in this vital sector.

Al Mahmoudi said, “Sharjah is an incubator for the largest number of industries in the UAE and it was necessary to work on developing a technical system to support this vital sector in the country and to prepare for the transformation of smart and willingness to take advantage of them in the best way, so that Sharjah, through the Sharjah Research Complex, is an effective testing center to experience and apply technology and a key hub for a global network of developers and researchers to support industrial sector and bring it to a future.industrial industry based on the latest innovative technologies.

Sharjah Open Innovation Laboratory (SOILAB) in Sharjah Innovation Park is the first incubator applied to start-ups and innovative companies in Sharjah to produce prototypes, in addition to the Middle East Center for Additional Production, which was launched to lead ahead of the UAE’s goal of becoming a global hub for 3D printing.

Al Mahmoudi noted, “Companies must – if they want to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – take advantage of 3D printing or the production of additives now.” 3D printing is one of the most advanced technologies of our time and the solution of many business challenges. “Its transformative approach to industrial production enables the creation of parts and systems that are cheaper, custom-made, lighter and stronger.”

Al Mahmoudi also called on many companies in the region and outside the UAE to set up their businesses in Sharjah Innovation Park and experience the major transformation in the global additive manufacturing market, where investors in this sector in the complex also enjoy great support. to benefit from the tripartite cooperation on which the work of the complex is based, which is the Cooperation between private companies, government and academia.

The future of 3D printing

According to industry experts, the global 3D printing market is expected to reach $ 52 billion by 2027. One of the sectors that will have significant benefits from this technology is the healthcare industry. This is a result of the increasing application of 3D printing technology as it has gained popularity in the medical field such as orthopedics, printing of specific parts and organs of the patient’s body using data from CT scans and MRI scans, as well as repeating anatomical structures of patients. It is now possible to print a variety of body parts, including teeth, jaw bones, thighs, hearing organs and more. Some scientists have also developed the use of 3D printing to produce models of cancerous parts of the body so that doctors can target malignant tumors with better accuracy.

There is also an amazing increase in demand for 3D printing in the automotive industry as it continues to innovate in the creation of components and models for metal castings, parts and other vehicle components.

Design and construction of a 3D printing house in Sharjah

During 2019, the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex attracted international companies specializing in building construction using 3D printing techniques, as the first house with heritage architecture was built on the land of the complex using this technology, which is one of the most recent. technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution related to construction in collaboration with the most famous companies that own this project. This project comes as a result of cooperation of government, private sectors and academics on the land of the complex, as the house was built in a period of time. no more than two weeks, during which a group of research students from the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah are trained in this field. On this technique to implement the project as an effective practical training. The American University, represented by the College of Engineering, is working to develop this technology and train students on it, by conducting applied research by students, faculty members, and a number of researchers from specialized companies through testing and experimentation through projects to be implemented. at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex to develop and apply this technology in the region.

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