3D printing has seen a gradual and consistent growth in the UAE and it is only set to bloom further. UAE has been one of the early adopters of the 3D printing technology in the world and significant advancement has been shown in several key industries. The world’s first fully functional 3D printed building was inaugurated in Dubai by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2016.

Various 3D printing manufacturing units have been established by many key players in the market and several startups have followed suit. From 3D printing organs in the health sector to 3D printing food, this technology has made its entry into almost every sector including and not limited to construction, manufacturing, electronics, robotics, engineering and even personal consumer needs.

The future of a lot of these sectors depends on 3D printing and there is a lot of clear positive disruption happening in this sector. 3D printing allows parts and items to be printed in a wide range of material, which makes it versatile to use for many scenarios. Highly customizable, this technology can solve key problems like material sourcing, time lags and high cost of specialized human skill set.

There are several pros and cons in this sector. Some of the key benefits include:

  • It has already been established in a lot of industries and proven to be successful. And it is only a matter of time before everyone else follows adopting this.
  • It allows for better individual customization.
  • Resources can be better utilized and small quantities can be ordered.

On the contrary there are still some key areas that are being addressed, such as regulations and approval process for a lot of the sectors are still underway and rather unclear mainly due to quality control issues and safety aspects. However, soon there will be clear laws and guidelines available to integrate 3D printing technology in most industries in the UAE.

UAE is all set to become a leader in the 3D printing sector in the world and we may soon see this region aiming for the 4th Industrial Revolution.