The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) saved a remarkable AED 509,658 in 2021 and 2022 through 3D printing. More than 1,800 spare parts were printed at the company’s R&D center, reducing the time and effort required to replace them.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said, “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to keep pace with the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai. DEWA supports the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which aims to harness this promising technology to serve humanity and enhance the position of the UAE to become a global hub for the development of 3D printing technologies.
“Through our R&D Centre, we are keen to develop 3D printing technologies, additive manufacturing, and other innovative technologies that are used internally to print spare parts for devices and equipment. This reduces procurement time and cost, extends the lifespan of these devices, and promotes innovation at DEWA,” he added.
Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, explained that DEWA adopts 3D printing technology as an innovative solution for building models and manufacturing spare parts internally. He noted that technical sectors worldwide face many challenges, such as equipment obsolescence or spare parts no longer being manufactured or sold, which comes with a higher cost to replace the entire system.
The center has filed 23 patents since its inception, six of which have been granted. It has also published 157 research papers at international conferences and in journals, including 14 papers specifically on 3D printing.