DUBAI / WAM
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has honoured 17 engineers who have completed a one-year advanced training programme in 3D printing. The programme, which was organised by Dewaâ€™s R&D Centre, supports Dewaâ€™s efforts to develop innovative future solutions that enhance productivity and operational efficiency.
The Dewa 3D Printing Champions Programme is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It aims to improve Dewaâ€™s 3D printing capabilities through academic and practical workshops on the latest 3D printing technologies, reverse engineering, and manufacturing economics. The programme has prepared qualified specialists in 3D printing by providing them with the necessary skills to deal with the latest technologies in this field and to build models and manufacture spare parts for all of Dewaâ€™s divisions.
The 3D Printing Champions will facilitate communications between the R&D Centre and Dewaâ€™s business units to identify use cases for Additive Manufacturing (AM) spare parts. This will help implement innovative design concepts during the reverse engineering stage to enhance performance of spare parts.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, said, â€œThe 3D Printing Champions training programme supports our efforts to achieve the goals of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to use this promising technology to serve humanity and promote the UAE and Dubai as a global hub for the development of 3D printing technology.
â€œAt Dewa, we adopt 3D printing as one of the innovative solutions we use in our internal operations to print spare parts for devices and equipment, in addition to extending the lifespan of the equipment. Our 3D printing capabilities include reinforced plastic printers using a mixture of carbon fibres and fibreglass. We are proud to be the first organisation in the GCC countries to apply metal 3D printing technology using threads and wires, which is highly accurate and reduces time and cost, improving productivity and efficiency, and promoting innovation.â€
Waleed bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at Dewa, explained that Dewa has developed state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced specialised programmes in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
DEWA seeks to keep pace with technical developments through the Research and Development Centre, which contributes to enhancing the capabilities of DEWAâ€™s employees through workshops and training programmes. The R&D Centre also aims to develop the expertise of its engineers and researchers and consolidate their knowledge of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies.
DEWA achieved the Guinness World Records title for the first 3D-printed laboratory in the world for its Robotics and Drone laboratory, which is housed within the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.