Mar 28, 2016 | By Tess
As 3D printing technologies become an increasingly prevalent and efficient way of manufacturing a wide variety of parts and goods, countries all around the world are beginning to recognize the benefits of using additive manufacturing and are integrating it into their companies’ production processes. Within the additive manufacturing world, regions like Europe, Asia, and North America have tended to dominate in terms of 3D printing advancements, but now the Middle East is beginning to make its mark in the growing field.
Just yesterday, Sinterex, the Middle East’s first specialist provider of metal additive manufacturing, announced the opening of its first location in the United Arab Emirates. The news of the company’s expansion coincidentally follows the announcement of the construction of a 3D printed office building in Dubai by WinSun, and both releases point towards the increased integration of 3D printing technologies into the UAE’s economy and manufacturing culture.
The newly opened Sinterex firm is located in Ras al-Khaimah, only 90 minutes from the UAE’s largest city, Dubai, and will be the first service in the region to offer metal additive manufacturing services. The company was founded by Julian Callanan, a consulting and management specialist, Dr. Alaa Elwany, a specialist in metal 3D printing and the company’s technical director, and Dr. Paul Smith, a specialist in design strategies for additive manufacturing who is also operating as Sinterex’s technical director.
The metal 3D printing firm will offer its clients end-to-end 3D printing services, helping them to understand the benefits of the technology, how it could fit into their business, and guide them through the implementation process. Ultimately, they are hoping to target such influential industries as regional energy, manufacturing, and aviation firms with their integrated 3D printing services. Sinterex will also offer consulting and market research services to interested parties.
“In the current slow economic and low oil price environment companies are under increasing pressure to identify areas for cost reduction and value enhancement,” said Alaa Elwany. “These goals can be achieved through Metal Additive Manufacturing.”
As part of the company’s consulting services, Sinterex has developed a “proprietary commercial viability screening framework” through which it can determine whether metal parts ordered by a company are viable to be made from metal additive manufacturing. If the parts are suited to be 3D printed based on the screening test, the company then implements a technical screening process during which its 3D printing experts determine whether the part can be made using existing technologies. The company also offers redesigning as its final consulting step to help optimize the structure and composition of the part to be 3D printed. This last step entails redesigning or remodeling the part’s internal structure and geometries to increase its functionality and even its cost efficiency.
As the company states on its website: “Metal Additive Manufacturing has been hailed as a disruptive innovation with the power to challenge existing supply chains.” The disruptive force of metal additive manufacturing comes from its distinct ability to reduce the time, cost, and material consumption of traditional manufacturing processes. According to the company, for instance, lead times which traditionally took 60 weeks, could be cut down to as little as one month with metal additive manufacturing technologies.
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