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How Dubai’s top developers are using 3D Printing

10th May 2017

In the two years Generation 3D have been operational, we have become very well renowned in Dubai and the UAE for architectural model making using 3D Printing. In fact we have received acclaim and orders from around the world for our work.

Yes, we are a 3D Printing company. Delivering a 3D Printing service to businesses is and always will be our company’s mission, however, we quickly realised that a large part of this current demand is architectural model making.

3D Printing is revolutionising model making and the architecture industry as a whole, removing a lot of boundaries of conventional model making, whilst giving us an ability to create on demand models. By cutting out a lot of the issues we are also able to drive down costs as the process becomes much less labour intensive.

This is not to say all we use is 3D Printing! Many of our clients and partners often say “well it doesn’t look 3D Printed”, and that is because 3D Printing is a revolutionary tool but not the outcome itself! All the expertise in 3D printing comes before (in designing innovative yet practical 3D models) and post-processing the parts in such a way that a customer is delivered with a desired product whether it is 3D printed or not is not the objective.

landscaping model using 3D printing

At Generation 3D, we will sometimes deliver purely 3D printed parts or models but more often than not we require additional finishing methods or technologies. We 3D print when 3D Printing is the best man for the job and that is essential to understand. We always advise our clients on whether 3D Printing is the best solution for the desired outcome, as in some cases there are more efficient ways to execute a design.

Some of the region’s largest and most innovative developers such as Emaar and Azizi are using us to execute stunning architectural displays already and we would like to thank all our customers for their continued support.

This understanding of 3D printing is something that will take time in Dubai and the wider UAE to adapt to however this is why we are here, to help!

If you want to discuss how 3D Printing could help your architectural model needs and to see if we could be saving you time and money on your models, please contact Dominic Wright at dominic@generation3d.a or call on +971 553192963

 

4 Ways 3D Printing is changing aviation

15th February 2017

Another week, another chance to see just how impactful 3D printing / additive manufacturing is becoming in a new industry.

Myself and some colleagues from Generation 3D attended the Aircraft Interiors Show this week, in Dubai, and were taken aback by the interest in 3D Printing and the vast potential in the airline industry as a whole. On the other hand there was a lack of presence from 3D printing companies at the show and as far as implementation in Dubai / the UAE and the wider Middle East it was a little limited. This would not deter us however and the vast benefits for the industry make it a key target for Generation 3D in 2017, below I will try and highlight some of the key benefits we are looking to provide to the Aircraft/Aerospace industry:

1.      Prototyping/modelling of planes / exterior

Planes by nature are very hard models to prototype with conventional prototyping methods. Complex geometry’s and need for extremely high levels of accuracy means creating these models using conventional methods is nearly impossible. 3D Printing allows you to create these models much more quickly and accurately and cost effectively (see the photos above and below for 3D printed prototypes created by Generation 3D here in Dubai, UAE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.      Prototyping interior overall space and elements

Interiors of aircrafts again are very intricate spaces with a huge amount of components, and thus make prototyping the entire spaces again very difficult and laborious to prototype using traditional methods. Entire plane interior models using 3D printing however can be created overnight and give us an overview of what the entire space will look like and how certain features interact with each other.

To add to this 3D Printing also gives us the opportunity to develop individual components rapidly and at a low cost. Air New Zealand recently used 3D Printing / additive manufacturing to design all of its business class interior components such as tray tables and TV screens as well as using them as functional parts.

3.      Low production runs

Although aircrafts do use a lot of components, in terms of traditional manufacturing the production runs of parts are relatively low. Air New Zealand sighted this as a key reason for using 3D Printing stating “we often only require a small number of units, which can be really expensive using traditional manufacturing”

4.      Design flexibility / light weight design

Design flexibility moving forward will be 3D Printings major advantage in the aviation industry. When saving weight means saving fuel means saving money, design flexibility is a huge benefit. 3D Printing a part allows designers to build parts that are up to 70% lighter with the same material properties or better, meaning engineers are now rethinking design to be compatible with 3D Printing which could in turn have huge benefits economically and environmentally for airlines.

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

Generation 3D and Seven Capital 3D print Birmingham

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8th December 2016

Generation 3D and Seven Capital have finally completed their challenge of 3D printing the entire City of Birmingham. It is another step forward for 3D printing and showing its true potential to more companies in the construction and property development sector. The 2x2m model will reside in Seven Capital’s Headquarters in Dubai to demonstrate the key features of Birmingham. For more images click here.

“It was one of the more challenging but certainly very rewarding” said Co-founder Dominic Wright “Our client Seven Capital wanted to showcase Birmingham as an up and coming city and highlight its key development features within a 3D Printed model,”. Co-founder and Technical Director Max Reynard explained “Our challenge first was to get a very accurate model of Birmingham designed and then decide on how to construct and assemble this mass of buildings efficiently and precisely”. The project was entirely printed on Generation 3D’s Projet860 Pro full colour 3D Printer.

This project is another milestone real 3D printing and goes a long way in demonstrating its uses. It demonstrates 3D printing’s ability on large scale projects to deliver real value to a customer away from the ‘hype’ around future potential. This is Generation 3Ds 14th large scale project for developers, architects or government entities in 2016 further cementing the notion that 3D printing is gaining momentum when it comes to rivalling other manufacturing processes.

This was the first time Generation 3D and Seven Capital have collaborated and it was a valuable partnership by all accounts. John Treacy, International Sales Director for Seven Capital was quoted as saying “It is a huge success and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome”. Seven Capital are Birmingham’s largest property developer and continue to invest in highlighting Birmingham as an investment destination.

These ground-breaking projects are in line with the UAE government’s stance with Mohamed Al Gergawi, the Chairman UAE National Innovation Committee stating earlier in the year their desire to become “a global hub for innovation and 3D printing”. Generation 3D were invited earlier in the year to the CIO Majilis to discuss 3D printing with the UAE’s top 30 CIOs and talks have been progressing on how best to integrate 3D Printing into major private and public sector entities in the UAE to deliver competitive advantage

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

3D Printing is bringing Dubai’s vision to life

24th October 2016

Generation 3D have been involved in some great projects since reaching Dubai, however last week was a real look into the future for 3D Printing as well as Dubai and its vision.

Generation 3D were asked by members at the Dubai Future Foundation to create some 3D Printed models of proposed hyperloop (more photos here) trains that the RTA and Dubai are seriously looking at. From a design standpoint, they were challenging but a dream to work on. They are ultra-elegant and we knew they were going to look great as 3D Printed models. This is where 3D printing can be so powerful for a business. In one week we were able to transform ideas and visions into real life, tactile and more importantly relatable objects to go with their vision.

HH Sheikh Mohammed visited the Dubai Future Foundation and was visibly impressed by the models as well as the proposed designs of the hyperloop trains. This was a real representation of what we want to do here in Dubai; ‘Use 3D printing to help businesses and government move forward and make their own visions a reality’.

A partner at another start-up stopped me and commented on just how significant this project was for us “you are literally creating the future, with the future” he said, which at the time seemed like a jumbled sentence of not much meaning, however then it hit me that with HH Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for 3D printing, we really are a part of Dubai’s future and helping others create their part of their future along the way.

I really believe in 3D Printing’s ability to bring a proposed project to life. It sounds simple, however the power of a physical representation of something will never seize to amaze me. Whether it is a potential property development, architectural design, proposed engineering design or a simple giveaway, the impact on key stakeholders of our models always surprises me and drives us forward to continue improving. The UAE is playing catch up with the rest of the world but the UAE is gaining quickly!

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

The 3D Printing construction boom in Dubai – Where is this heading?

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31st July 2016

There has been a flurry of activity recently from the Dubai and UAE governments with regards to 3D Printing, especially in the construction sector. The world’s first 3D Printed office has been erected and is now fully functional and inhabited by the Dubai Future Foundation. Naturally being in the 3D Printing industry and having our headquarters here in Dubai we often get asked about the potential and direction of this ‘3D Printing construction’, so here is my two cents.

The push is real. Being on the ground here in Dubai and having met a lot of Government and semi-government entities one thing is very clear, this is really happening and is being backed very heavily. On July 13th 2016 Dubai Municipality announced the formation of a 3D Printing Construction code to be released shortly. This makes the UAE the first government to create any formal building code specifically geared towards 3D printing. It is not only Dubai Municipality either, it is evident from our experiences and enquiries alone that all government entities are looking for ways to improve their departments and eventually the citizens of the UAE, by adopting 3D printing technology.

Industries are going to have to adapt. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed set a goal of 25% of all buildings to be constructed by 2030. This alone means a huge market share in the construction industry will be taken by companies using the technology. Naturally, this dictates that organisations are going to have to adapt their current business models to incorporate 3D printing or risk losing out market share to those who do, or new players.

Brand new players will emerge. This breakthrough in 3D printing undoubtedly leaves room for new companies in the sector to emerge who do business in a game changing way. As with all tech breakthroughs, such as the internet and even the telephone, it is new companies that thrust to the forefront, a la google and Facebook as opposed to old companies adopting or pivoting. The race is on for this new industry and so far few have staked their claim at the top. I can see a scenario where a new tech based construction company uses algorithms and building AI more than the traditional labour intensive model of today.

Lines are going to get blurred. The introduction of 3D printing into a sector that has largely remained the same for hundreds of years, will ruffle a few feathers and create a certain amount of confusion. Architects, engineers and contractors that all employ a 3D Printing department and the equipment to design and essentially erect the building become less defined. One would hope this becomes a merging and collaboration of information and knowledge, however a competition to the top between all these players is a more likely scenario.

The tech advancements will dictate a lot. We users, are still at the mercy of the technology. Although each month that goes by seems to bring a new improvement, we are still not at a stage where it is commercially viable for many projects. All predictions and forecasts of numbers and patterns are on the basis that the technology will improve at a rapid rate, whilst becoming dramatically cheaper at the same time. History dictates this will happen, however how soon and to what extent is anyone’s guess.

Most innovative USE will prevail. There are currently two main schools of thought when it comes to the direction the technology will be used. One uses a supply chain similar to ‘pre-fab’ housing whereby a building is printed in sections off site at a warehouse or factory and then moved to site and assembled. The second method sees the building site essentially being replaced by a 3D printer rig and the building gets built layer by layer on site.

Both have their merits and drawbacks, which will prevail is only a matter of time and in my opinion some sort of hybrid. My point however, as with all 3D printing, it is not the best machine or software that often prevails, it is the people behind the designs and operating the machines. The most innovative uses of 3D printers is always what eventually dictates success. I see the first major player in the industry as the one who cracks the use of technology and applies it in a real world situation to benefit in a multitude of areas.

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

3D Printing to make our ‘Dream’ a reality

Architectural model 3D Printed Dubai 1

23rd May 2016

Almost exactly two years to the date, my partner Max Reynard and I began dreaming of changing the architecture landscape with 3D Printing.  We would spend hours looking at architectural models wondering why people weren’t using 3D printing to create them.

We quickly discovered the hundreds of challenges that came with 3D printing models, however we always believed we could build a company and a platform that would, in time, compete with some of the top models in the world. 3D Printing in Dubai, for the rest of the world was our challenge.

With our latest model of the Castlewood Group’s ‘Dream Hotel and Spa’ in Phuket, we feel we are finally pushing those boundaries. The aptly named ‘Dream’ was our most challenging and rewarding project yet. Upon seeing the immaculate and extremely high end 5 star resort, we knew we were in for a challenge.

The model needed to represent the whole resort and its scale, whilst paying attention to detail to the specifics, such as the furnishings and landscaping. Initially, many advised not to 3D print this project, however our vision and ‘Dream’ had always been to produce models of this scale and so, we persevered.

The completed model was around 80% 3D printed and the rest was made using conventional model making techniques. By all accounts the model was a huge success. We have won various awards for the model and most importantly we had a very happy client and was impressed with our ability to improve on their previous models / displays. This was described as “the most detailed ever 3D printed model” by news outlets and a truly rewarding moment for the whole Generation 3D team. It confirmed our beliefs everything we believed in and we illustrated our ability to take models and displays to a new level of detail and quality. See more photos and details here.

What is very clear, is that 3D Printing is not a ‘one stop shop’ for all architectural needs as is often advertised. It is not a magic box that will present fantastic models at the click of a button.  3D Printing is simply a tool that in the correct hands, can be very powerful. At Generation 3D we naturally believe in the powers of 3D Printing and its ability to change the world, however we understand that at the heart of this, is the vision and design intent. 3D Printing is changing the process in which things are created, however the true value is derived from the people and ideas that take place behind the scenes and how these are utilised to extract the machine’s full potential.

Our focus is to continue using 3D printing to transform various industries through the coupling of the technology and the best minds available in the region. This union, we feel, will take 3D Printing and 3D printed projects to the next level. Please share your thoughts on how we could help your business using 3D printing, even if it is just a Dream at this point…

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

4 ways 3D Printing in Dubai will change the economy

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27th January 2016

I often get asked what 3D printing is used for. Why does 3D printing in Dubai make any sense? Well these are good questions to ask and certainly one I have asked myself many times.

Dubai and the UAE is a perfect environment for 3D printing, it is a perfect marriage and a technology that can revolutionise the economy.

The UAE import from around the world. In fact over 75% of goods used in Dubai and the wider UAE are imported. The UAE government are trying to move towards a knowledge economy and further away from being over-reliant on natural resources.

Below I highlight a number of ways in which Dubai and the UAE will be benefited by 3D printing.

Medical 3D Printing – Dubai is looking to become a global hub for medical procedures. 3D printing is at the forefront of a medical revolution and anywhere looking to advance in the Medical field will have to embrace 3D printing.

Oil & Gas – Even in the oil & gas industry the UAE and the wider Middle East rely on imports. Technology and spare-parts are almost entirely imported from the USA and Europe. 3D printing will allow manufacturing to become localised meaning these parts can be made locally and supplied rapidly.

Prototyping – In order for the UAE to strive and become a true knowledge economy, either new technologies (products) or new start-ups need to be attracted to the region. If 3D printing in Dubai is widely adopted, rapid and efficient prototyping is a key component to getting products to market. Click here to see some of our work in the construction news: http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-35524-unique-3d-masterplan-of-dubai-unveiled/

Construction – At Generation 3D we believe the construction industry will be the industry that is impacted the most. Both in making rapid prototypes/ architectural models as well as constructing using 3D printing techniques. We believe that 3D printing in Dubai will be a fundamental part of the overall economy as construction continues to be integral to the region. Buildings are already being printed and manufactured through pre-fabrication and 3D printing will be the future of construction.

3D printing will disrupt a lot of industries and I strongly believe it will also disrupt entire regions’ economies. The paradigm shift will come and economies and governments that embrace the technologies will be best positioned to reap the rewards.

For any more information or questions on 3D printing please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or http://www.generation3d.ae/contact/

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

3 ways 3D printing is helping save lives

3 ways 3D printing is helping save lives

3D printing is often see as a technology for the future and discourse is often cantered around what 3D printing will change and how it will impact most, if not all industries. Whilst 3D printing may seem like science fiction to some, it is already revolutionizing processes in various industries globally and we are reaping the rewards today.

The medical market is filled with great minds and innovation is commonplace. Like many technologies before it, 3D printing has been embraced by the medical community and we are finding new ways each day to use this technology to improve lives.

These impacts go a long way in highlighting the positive impression 3D Printing can have on industry. Below are just some of the breakthrough’s 3D printing is delivering to the medical industry:

  1. Surgical models
3D printing of accurate and highly detailed medical models is helping surgeons save lives, literally. Surgeons now have the ability to take a CT scan, MRI, ex-rays etc. and have a 3D printed model straight from that data. This allows surgeons to more easily diagnose, practice on and explain problems that need repairing within the human body.

The model in the image above is that of a woman’s skull and arteries who had numerous aneurysms throughout her brain. The surgeons used this model to diagnose the exact issues, as well as carefully plan and practice the intricate surgery. This enabled surgeons to plan the exact methodology of the procedure, reducing time and risk of error dramatically. It is estimated that an accurate 3D printed model can reduce overall surgery time by up to 60%.

“Having a 3D printed model gives you a real insight into what you’re going to encounter” Dr Rajesh Krishnamurthy

  1. Prosthetics

Prosthetic limbs are traditionally very expensive or fairly generic. Getting a custom made prosthetic is out of the question for many due to the sheer cost. However 3D printing is challenging this notion and making highly customised prosthetic limbs accessible to all. By fractioning the manufacturing cost, 3D printing gives patients’ freedom to have custom made devices that meet their individual challenges.

Above is an image of a custom made prosthetic arm for a child, that is custom not just in appearance but built to meet the challenges the child faces on a daily basis. This has been made possible by the use of 3D printers.

  1. Training cadavers

3D printing is also revolutionising the way we train the next generation of medical professionals. Medical cadavers are used to familiarise aspiring doctors and nurses with the human anatomy. This poses three big challenges; firstly, the acquisition, storage and handling of medical cadavers is very costly. Strict regulation rightly means they need to be stored and handled very specifically. Secondly, over time cadavers to loose colour and have a limited shelf life. Lastly, in many regions of the world (like here in the Middle East), cultural norms mean accessing cadavers can be a very tough process and supply is extremely limited. 3D printed medical models (as in the cover photo see top) offer cheaper alternatives, which are extremely accurate and last forever. They offer medical schools alternatives with fewer barriers to overcome before providing expert teaching.

This is just a few of the applications of a technology that is having a huge impact on the medical industry. We are finding new ways each day to help innovate and change people’s lives for the better.

Please comment and share. If you need any more information please contact me on dominic@generation3d.ae or +971 0553192963

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

 

Generation 3D Print the largest scale model of Dubai ever made!

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September 21st 2015

September was a huge month for the whole Generation 3D team here in Dubai. We completed our most ambitious project to date and a groundbreaking project globally.

For the last three months we discussed with our client how we could incorporate 3D printing into their model that they would be displaying at CityScape. Our client wanted a full scale model of Dubai that highlighted all of their assets across our wonderful city clearly whilst remaining aesthetically pleasing for the big show.

We proposed the idea of a 3D printed master plan of Dubai to our client with a relatively neutral colour scheme that we new would look great as well as be informative. The majority of the landscape was printed in white and their assets were clearly highlighted in dark blue, then some of the greener areas of Dubai we applied a pastel green to highlight these areas.

Overall the project took us just under one month to complete (and a lot of late nights). The whole landscape was designed and printed in house on our 3D Systems 860pro (with just the water added later). As far as we know it is the largest fully 3D printed architectural model ever made and certainly the largest of Dubai.

It goes a long way to show the steps 3D Printing is taking and its practical uses in the model making and architectural communities. Here at G3D we are trying to push the boundaries constantly with our design and printing capabilities, this was a good step in the right direction but we still feel their is a lot more to come.

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae  

 

Why 3D printing is changing architecture forever

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7th July 2015

I am sure by this point you have heard about 3D printing, you may even be sick of hearing about it, but all industries need to get to grips with it and quick- none more so than architecture.

Architecture is an industry that every so often takes a quantum leap through technology. Traditional tools such as the drafting table, the T-square, set squares and technical drawing pens enabled architects and draughtsmen alike to represent their ideas visually.  The 21st century gave way to CAD drawings making those methods all but obsolete. The architect’s technical and aesthetic design is now created and eventually presented on a screen.

The visual representations on a screen are there to gain an understanding of whether it is technically sound and meets the requirements for a said project. But what if we could take this a step further? What if we could have the CAD data represented physically in front of us? 3D printing gives us just that capability. They say an image represents a thousand words; add a few zeros and you have the impact of a 3D model.

Yes, model makers have been around for a while but they are scarcely used because of the time consumed and expense involved. 3D printing gives us the capability to have 100% accurate (true to CAD data) models produced within hours at a fraction of the cost. We are living in an age where our designs and ideas can be represented as perfect scale models where we can truly see, touch and feel the features of a design right in front of us. 3D printing enables architects, planners, construction companies and developers to make quicker and more accurate decisions, saving valuable time and money.

3D printing also takes away all design constraints. To build a complicated structure like a mosque with arches, domes and complicated intricacies is near enough impossible traditionally. Top range 3D printers allow us to overcome all these issues and produce perfect photo-realistic models in full colour with true structural accuracy.

The rule-books have been ripped up and it is time for architects to evolve once again. Companies who use the technology most effectively will move ahead of competition and into a league of their own.

 “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change”- Charles Darwin

Generation 3D are the leading 3D printing and design consultancy in the UAE. Based in Dubai we serve all industries for all their 3D printing needs.

Published by : Dominic Wright, Business Development Director
dominic@generation3d.ae