By now, most everyone familiar with 3D printing knows about the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which aims to make the United Arab Emirates city-state the 3D printing capital of the world. Dubai’s accomplishments so far have included a 3D printed laboratory, a 3D printed office building, several medical innovations, improvements in transportation and much more. As 3D printing rapidly expands throughout the country, new facilities and companies are springing up to meet the many needs that are arising for the technology.
Jumbo Group is a leading diversified business in the UAE, established in 1974 and becoming the country’s leading distributor of IT and consumer electronics. Now the company has announced the launch of a new business called Jumbo 3D Manufacturing, which will be dedicated to 3D printing.
After the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy was announced, Jumbo opened its own 3D printing division, which was followed by a partnership with EnvisionTEC and HP. Now comes the launch of Jumbo 3D Manufacturing, accompanied by the opening of a new facility in partnership with HP 3D Printing Solutions. The facility, called the 3D FARM, is based around HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and focuses on applications including dental, architecture and more. In addition to MJF machines, the facility houses equipment for post processing, finishing and painting 3D printed products.
Entrepreneurs in the UAE who want to start their own businesses but lack financing, technical knowledge, or business planning support can take advantage of the facility to help advance their ideas. The 3D FARM will offer a variety of services including training, business consulting, proof of concept development, product design assistance and financing options.
“Jumbo’s 3D FARM will not only serve as a proof of concept for early adopters but will also act as an initiative to develop a community of collaborating professionals involved in 3D Manufacturing in the UAE,” said Arvind Agrawal, Head of Jumbo Group. “We will shortly announce partnerships with several 3D printing bureaus who will be joining this community. The objective is to pool the knowledge, design capability, skills and resources to create an eco-system for faster adoption of 3D printing technology in the country.”
In the months to come, Jumbo plans to expand its range of 3D printers to include the latest technologies in color, metal and concrete. As the United Arab Emirates continues to build toward its goal of leading the world in 3D printing, companies like Jumbo 3D Manufacturing, and facilities like the 3D FARM, will help entrepreneurs and small businesses to advance and form the foundation that the country needs. The news has been full of headlines about what the government of Dubai is doing with 3D printing, but the government can’t meet the UAE’s 3D printing goals alone – it needs the support of strong companies to take the technology to new levels. Jumbo 3D Manufacturing, along with the companies it helps to incubate, can provide that support and further help Dubai to reach its goals.
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