Dubai

3D Printing Gaining Traction in Dubai

(GulfNews.com) 3D printing technology is becoming affordable for consumers and home use and is gaining popularity in Dubai.

Naji Atallah, sales manager of manufacturing at Autodesk, told UAE based-Gulf News.“With the costs of desktop 3D printers coming down recently, there is an increase in affordability and accessibility that has facilitated the rise of the ‘maker community,’ turning hobbies such as metalworking, woodworking, engineering, robotics, and any other creative crafts into small businesses.”

Jumbo Electronics in Dubai is selling the mono-color 3D printer — Cube — for Dh5,299. “There are lots of inquiries about the printer but it has not translated into big sales. It is still in its infancy. Customers are not sure whether they should buy it or not. They are very interested in knowing what it can do,” said Nadeem Khanzadah, Head of Retail at Jumbo Electronics.

He said there are couple of other models priced at around Dh14,000, buy they are not available at this time. The mono-color cartridge costs around Dh275. The end product which comes out is a kind of plastic. There are six colors available now in the market. “It is too early to talk of the demand, but eventually the demand will pick up as customers would like to customize their own stuff. The thrill is to make your own product than buying it from the shop,” Khanzadah said.