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DEWA organises 3D printing and additive manufacturing workshop

The workshop was organised in partnership with GE and is part of an agreement between the two parties to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and industrial Internet technologies

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer is managing director and CEO of DEWA.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer is managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it has completed a workshop on 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

The workshop was organised in partnership with GE and is part of an agreement between the two parties to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and industrial Internet technologies.

According to DEWA, the workshop was conducted in support of its 3D printing plan and was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA; Dalya Al Muthanna, president and CEO of GE Gulf; DEWA’s executive vice presidents and vice presidents; 50 DEWA staff; and officials from the GE additive manufacturing unit.

In the keynote speech he delivered at the event, Al Tayer said: “This workshop supports our efforts to achieve the objectives of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to [utilise] this promising technology to serve humanity and promote the status of the UAE as a leading hub of 3D printing technology.

“At DEWA, we work under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop long-term proactive plans to keep pace with disruptive technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai.”

Al Tayer also noted that DEWA, to optimise the potential of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, is currently building an R&D centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that includes a laboratory for drones and 3D printing research.

“The lab is the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite and the first 3D-printed laboratory building in the world,” Al Tayer added. “At DEWA, we adopt 3D printing technology as an in-house innovative solution to replace defective or broken non-metallic parts of electrical equipment.

The adoption of 3D technology, he pointed out, “eliminates the lead time for procurement, reduces costs, extends the lifetime of the equipment, and enhances innovation at DEWA”.

DEWA is reportedly focussing on using the technology to print spare parts for 11KV switchgear, as well as design and print parts for drones and internal solar equipment.

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