Aug 19, 2016 | By Benedict

Sinterex, a recently established metal 3D printing firm based in the UAE, has spoken out about its rapidly expanding business operations in the Middle East. Amongst other ventures, the company is aiming to become a leader in the biomedical 3D printing sector, with a focus on dental applications.

Despite the surge of 3D printing activity in Dubai, the Middle East still harbors a relative scarcity of 3D printer manufacturers, 3D printing service bureaus, and serious additive manufacturing research projects. One company looking to change that state of affairs is Sinterex, a metal 3D printing firm established last year which offers both consulting and manufacturing services. After opening its first facility in the UAE earlier this year, and with production due to commence this November, representatives have been providing updates about the trailblazing company’s future plans.

Dr. Alaa Elwany, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU), recently joined Sinterex after hearing about its ambitious plans to provide high-quality 3D printing services in the Middle East. Elwany was approached by Julian Callanan, founder of Sinterex, who was recruiting a multi-disciplinary management team for the company. During this process, Callanan also contacted Dr. Paul Smith, a research fellow from the Glasglow School of Art Institute of Design Innovation in Scotland. Both Smith and Elwany now serve as technical directors.

In order to establish a successful 3D printing consultancy and a high-quality additive manufacturing fabrication service, Sinterex founder Callanan needed to find experts in a number of fields. “[Callanan] wanted to build a team with expertise that spans design, manufacturing, optimization and business development,” Elwany told TAMU’s Engineering department. “Dr. Smith and I go there every four to five months to hold a meeting for the directors, discuss business development activities, meet with potential clients and participate in technology events.”

The consultancy side of Sinterex helps manufacturing and service companies in the region understand how metal 3D printing can benefit their business by replacing or supplementing other manufacturing technologies such as CNC milling. Meanwhile, the manufacturing services being offered by Sinterex will utilize the company’s recently acquired metal 3D printer, which will be operated by an engineer and a technician, to provide 3D printed metal parts to businesses in the Middle East. The company has also created a market research report, consisting of information gathered by “leading Metal Additive Manufacturing Professors,” which it is offering to interested businesses.

While Sinterex has many short-term and long-term goals, one of its most immediate priorities is establishing itself as a credible force in the Middle Eastern biomedical sector: “We would like to be true leaders in additive manufacturing services for the biomedical sector with a focus on dental applications,” Elwany said. “We will be manufacturing customized crowns for dental labs and focusing on establishing our names as leaders in the entire Middle East. That list includes 22 countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon.”

In addition to its biomedical ambitions, Sinterex also hopes to crack the tooling production market by purchasing a larger metal 3D printer capable of creating metal tools and molds. Tooling forms a large part of a manufacturing company’s expenditure, so Sinterex plans to offer affordable solutions to companies in areas such as the oil and gas sectors, while also offering precision parts and rapid prototyping services to clients from a diverse range of industries.

With Sinterex already ahead of schedule, the company has reasons to optimistic about its future in a region whose additive manufacturing scene can only get bigger: “We are a relatively young business and were not even hopeful that we would be able to start production in the first year, but our business team secured funds from the region to begin production in November,” Elwany said. “So, we are happy with our progress thus far.”



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Gal wrote at 8/22/2016 4:39:54 AM:

Stratasys, Xjet, Massivit and Nano dimension are printers developer and manufacture from the middle east, 3D systems develop its software in the ME and some large 3D printing service bureau print in metal and plastic for years in the ME. Just look at the map Sinterex, Israel is in the middle east.

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