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Dubai Police is collaborating with 3D printing experts to outline the risks posed by 3D printing with a two-day workshop covering the emerging industry, processes, materials and quality as well as the various safety considerations.
According to Wohlers Associates, the global 3D printing market – or additive manufacturing as it is also known – is expected to reach $21 billion by 2020 with safety equipment, toys, construction and manufacturing products among a range of goods that are expected to be provided locally through the world altering technology.
However, alongside the many potential benefits there are also very serious potential dangers and risks, including the possibility of criminality in terms of counterfeit and untested goods.
With many GCC countries confirming that they intend to invest heavily in the world altering technology in the next ten years, UL is encouraging a diligent and responsible approach to ensure the technology is understood and adopted in the correct manner.
Colonel Badran Al Shamsi, deputy director of the General Department of Training at Dubai Police said: “3D printing technology is advancing rapidly across the world and Dubai Police are committed to being forerunners in the 3D generation by highlighting the world’s best practices adopted in the public safety industry.”
Earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced that by 2030 25% of all of Dubai’s construction will be 3D printed.