Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
In April 2016, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed launched the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. This initiative aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030.
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3D printing in medicine
Medical products are one of the three key sectors of Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. The focus will be on developing 3D printed teeth, bones, artificial organs and medical and surgical devices and hearing aids.
The technology will enable doctors in the next five years to print out replicas of organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain etc. Thus, patients will benefit from shorter waiting times and cheaper treatment options.
By 2025, doctors will have access to 3D printing machines to create ceramic teeth in less than 20 minutes. The technology will be also used in orthopaedic surgery and to print casts.
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that Dubai would start producing artificial limbs using 3D printing for less than AED 400 by 2025. This will part of the aim making Dubai a global capital of 3D printing technologies by 2030-in medical services.
The authority expects that the use of 3D printing can accelerate patients' healing process by up to 80 per cent.
The value of 3D printed medical products in Dubai is expected to be reach AED 1.7 billion by 2025.
3D Printing Strategic Alliance
H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), launched the 3D Printing Strategic Alliance.
This is the first initiative of its kind in the world that creates a comprehensive network of government entities, academia and 3D printing companies not just in the UAE, but in the whole world.
Aimed at developing the UAE into a leading 3D printing manufacturing hub, the Strategic Alliance initiative seeks to produce a wide range of supplies, products and services in vital sectors in order to meet market needs and achieve self-sufficiency.
A dedicated district for 3D printing technology
Sheikh Hamdan issued directives to establish a dedicated district for the development, testing and deployment of 3D printing technology. This district is expected to host research centres, international companies, start-ups, applied engineering firms and business accelerator programmes for this emerging technology. It will also house the largest state-of-the-art warehouse in the region for the storage and distribution of 3D printing materials and products.
Members of the 3D Printing Strategic Alliance include Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Roads and Transportation Authority, Khalifa University, Higher Colleges of Technology and 10 international and local 3D printing technology companies.
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