As part of the 3D Printing Strategy, which sees Dubai to become a global hub for 3D printing technology by 2030, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has set up an initiative to 3D print artificial limbs for less than Dh 400 ($ 109).
The strategy launched by Dubai’s ruler Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid earlier this year, also sees 25% of all newly constructed houses 3D printed by 2030. The focus is set on three major sectors including construction, medical and consumer products.
Moreover, the DHA also intend to produce ceramic teeth in less than 20 minutes using 3D printing technology, as Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of DHA explains: “We also plan to produce ceramic teeth in less than 20 minutes, use 3D printing in orthopedic surgeries and create 3D printed casts, which will speed the healing process of patients by 40 to 80 per cent.” He adds: “The strategy ultimately aims to make Dubai excel in different medical surgeries.”
According to Al Qatami, acquiring 3D technology will help expanding additive manufacturing for medical applications and research. Additionally, internal as well as external partnerships will be established in order to reinforce Dubai’s position on the market for 3D printed medical technology.
Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation said: “Using 3D printing in medical printing is important as it is considered to be one of the most important fields given its direct link to human life. Through these initiatives, we plan on using the latest technologies as well as partnering with organisations who have experience in the field of 3D printing to find solutions for medical challenges.”
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