Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) set a new precedent by entering the Guinness World Records for constructing the world’s first 3D-printed laboratory. DEWA’s Robotics and Drone lab also has the distinction of being the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, received the certificate from representatives of the Guinness World Records.
Al Tayer says, “We are guided by the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in promoting innovation and adopting the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including 3D printing. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s efforts in this regard supports Dubai’s 3D printing strategy launched by His Highness and aims to benefit from this promising technology to serve humanity and enhance the position of the UAE and Dubai as a leading center in the region and the world in the field of 3D printing by 2030. The Robotics and Drone laboratory is the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite using 3D printing technology, and the first laboratory in the world to be built using this technology.”
“As one of the members of the 3D printing strategic alliance launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, the aim is to accelerate the adoption and use of this technology to support the government, economic, health, and scientific sectors. 3D printing is one of the most innovative solutions for building models and manufacturing spare parts for the production, transportation, and distribution sectors,” explained Al Tayer.
He also emphasized on how Dubai provides a stimulating environment to encourage construction work using 3D printing technology that attracts leading companies in this field, how the use of 3D printing in the field of construction contributes to reducing costs and timely completion of construction works which in turn contributes to advancing the economy, in addition to being sustainable by reducing waste resulting from construction work.
Incidentally Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence Sector at DEWA, indicated that the DEWA’s R&D Centre at the solar park supports 3D printing technology to produce equipment capable of withstanding high temperatures and harsh climates.
The authority is the first institution in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to adopt metallic 3D printing technology using threads and wires, which is characterized by its high accuracy and its role in reducing time and cost, improving productivity and efficiency, and promoting innovation.