Sharjah/ 11 October 2020: The biggest 3D printing exhibition in the Middle East opened today (October 11) and will run daily until December 11 at the Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park (SRTI Park) headquarters.
Aside from the two-month ‘3D Emerging Technologies Exhibition’, SRTI Park – the UAE’s premier research and innovation hub – will also hold a webinar series featuring Middle East’s 3D industry leaders talking about accelerating innovation in 3D technologies.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s often called, has significantly evolved over the past years and so too have the innovations that resulted from developments in the technology.
Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, highlighted the said exhibition will seek to strengthen Sharjah's role as an investment incubator and global test centre for 3D printing technologies and the additive manufacturing industry.
He noted the exhibition is line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to boost scientific research and innovation and make it a widespread culture in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Al Mahmoudi added the Middle East is becoming the world’s fastest-growing marketplace for business and technology transformation and the exhibition will provide a comprehensive picture of this unique technology and industry that is receiving global attention for its opportunities in multiple sectors.
“The application of 3D printing technology is expected to change the production process in various sectors in the coming years and it has the potential to revolutionise the way we make almost anything,” underlined Al Mahmoudi.
Most of the 3D-printed models are displayed in the outer area of the SRTI Park building, in addition to internal areas for small and medium-sized parts.
‘3D Emerging Technologies Exhibition’ is made possible with the active participation of major companies and international research centers specializing in this technology, including Proto21 Company, Generation 3D, 3D ME, Ultra Tech Company, 3D Hub, 3D Explorer, Createbot, Centrix, Twin Detective Company, Acciona Corporation, Sixcua Company, Amensa Labs, Jumbo Company, Bid LLC, in addition to many specialised laboratories and experts.
The exhibition will provide a comprehensive picture of how machines ‘print’ materials, following instructions from digital files, and joining together layer upon layer of material—whether metals, ceramics or plastics—until an object’s desired shape, look and size is shaped. The process called 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a game changer as it will change the production process in various sectors in the coming years.
Al Mahmoudi also noted SRTI Park has attracted several companies operating in the 3D printing sector, with the aim of making Sharjah a global destination for this advanced technology that holds promising future investment opportunities in various sectors, including construction, aviation, health, education, sports, entertainment, and more.
Open Innovation Lab
Running parallel to the 3D exhibition, SRTI Park’s Sharjah Open Innovation Lab will also organise a series of virtual webinars involving leaders of the 3D printing industry in the Middle East region to initiate a dialogue between the government sector, industry and academia with the aim of accelerating progress and innovation in this industry in Sharjah.
The 8-week virtual workshop is open to the public who want to learn the basics of 3D printing to be able to print their own ideas at the end of the exhibition. Al Mahmoudi said: “Although the idea of 3D printing, and its practical use, started several decades ago, this technology has recently begun to gain a wider spread, due to the rapid progress in complementary technologies, and so we have seen in recent years its impact on building bridges and multiple buildings. The UAE is in the ideal position to become a leading centre for 3D printing technology.”
Attracting global companies
SRTI Park has attracted several international companies specialising in constructing buildings with 3D printing techniques. The first house with a heritage architecture was built on the complex's land using 3D printing technology.
Immensa Technology Laboratories, working in partnership with SRTI Park, has also succeeded in developing, designing and producing a variety of protective face masks that various sectors can use to prevent coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.
Sharjah Open Innovation Laboratory or SOILAB was also launched as the first incubator for startups and innovative businesses in Sharjah while the Middle East Center for Additive Manufacturing, which was launched at the Sharjah Innovation Park with strategic partnerships with “IMINSA” and other partners, is another step towards the UAE’s involvement in the components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, by becoming a global centre for 3D printing.
Collaboration with Sharjah’s Department of Government Relations
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