The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is positioning itself as a frontrunner for additive manufacturing (AM) within the Center East and North Africa (MENA) area with many ongoing initiatives making the information, significantly within the building business. And as curiosity within the know-how grows within the Center East, so do the variety of conferences. The newest convention targeted on 3D printing know-how within the space is AM Conclave, organized by AM Chronicle.
I visited the debut AM Conclave convention within the emirate of Abu Dhabi lately to see what the most recent developments are in AM, each regionally and internationally.
Abu Dhabi – The 3D Printing Emirate
The UAE is made up of seven emirates, with Abu Dhabi being the capital emirate, and likewise the biggest. Whereas Dubai will get a whole lot of press consideration for building 3D printing initiatives, Abu Dhabi seems to be the emirate’s hub for extra research-focused actions and 3D printing innovation within the UAE. So, what higher place to stage an AM convention?
I arrived on the venue, the Abu Dhabi Nationwide Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), on the primary day of the convention and shortly headed inside to the air conditioned halls, to flee the 40°C warmth outdoors.
The AM Conclave Expo
The expo featured representatives from worldwide gamers equivalent to EOS, Caracol, Stratasys, ADDiTEC, Markforged, and Phillips Company. Whereas not each firm has a devoted workplace within the UAE, lots of them have a presence within the area, both via resellers or some kind of service settlement with native shoppers utilizing their machines. A number of distributors I spoke to had been keen on increasing their presence within the UAE and located the convention as an excellent train in networking, and to get a lay of the land.
Along with the worldwide presence on the expo, there have been a number of native entities from Abu Dhabi, equivalent to Immensa (which has the biggest robotic plastic printing system on this planet), the Expertise Innovation Institute, and Epitum (an area industrial 3D printer producer).
Naturally, being a 3D printing expo, there have been many bodily examples of printed objects on present, together with quite a lot of aerospike and rocket engine our bodies (seen above).
Of explicit curiosity had been the displays from ADDiTEC, who had been demonstrating some elements printed on their liquid steel printing (LMP) know-how, lately acquired from Xerox. The LMP tech makes use of a steel wire feedstock, which is heated till molten, after which jetted with magnetohydrodynamics onto the half. What makes this course of notable, is the truth that it doesn’t should be reduce from the construct plate, as with different steel printing processes. In line with the consultant on the convention, the printed half simply pops off the construct plate, very similar to an FDM print. This alone might contribute to lowering post-processing prices related to steel printing.
The AM Conclave Convention
Adjoining the expo, the convention kicked off with a take a look at the work of the Expertise Innovation Institute (TII), who introduced the discharge of a brand new aluminum alloy powder, regionally developed for AM. The powder, designed for LPBF programs, is called AMALLOY, and is notable for its excessive power and excessive temperature resistance.
EOS’s Markus Glasser gave a presentation on amplifying sustainable product design via additive manufacturing, illustrating with a case of the Airbus A380’s latch shaft redesign which led to important value, weight, and carbon emissions reductions. A notable emphasis was on a digital manufacturing lifecycle enabling environment friendly monitoring from idea to manufacturing, aiding in figuring out environmental impacts proficiently.
UAE-based Al Seer Marine revealed its developments in autonomous water vessel manufacturing, with its progressive 3D printed eco-water taxi “Sukoon” being a spotlight.
The 2-day occasion concluded with a delegate’s tour of Al Seer Marine’s manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi, to see the world’s largest robotic large-scale AM operation together with a further knowledge-building expertise. The ability at Al Seer Marine has a 36-meter-long robotic 3D printer (as seen within the picture above), developed by CEAD Group. The printer is called “Mega II” and makes use of a pellet extrusion course of to create composite elements. It’s able to printing elements as much as 36-meters-long, four-meters-wide, and three-meters-high.
Al Seer Marine has been within the press earlier than, most famously for designing the world’s first 3D printed floor vessel. The main focus of Al Seer Marine, as you may inform by the corporate title, is certainly maritime engineering, and different initiatives had been on present, together with the aforementioned Sukoon water taxi.
In conclusion, the AM Conclave appeared to be a powerful begin for an inaugural convention, attracting an excellent mixture of business, lecturers, and naturally, potential shoppers for corporations promoting their wares and companies. The UAE is aiming to change into a frontrunner in AM within the area, and AM Conclave appears effectively positioned to function a venue for business specialists to share concepts and make connections. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the convention evolves as 3D printing in MENA grows, particularly as it’s positioned in Abu Dhabi, which goes to provide some attention-grabbing and progressive AM-themed tales within the coming years.
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