Dubai Metro to extend use of 3D printing after Siemens deal

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Siemens to extend its use of 3D printing technology.

The transport authority said the memorandum of understanding is an additional step that will practically enhance RTA’s already applied 3D printing initiative.

It will seek to extend the sources of spare parts for the Dubai Metro and increase their availability, and enable getting improved parts with better performance and increased features.

The RTA’s Rail Agency first used 3D printing technology on the metro in the second half of 2016.

“This step would certainly consolidate RTA’s constant efforts to back up Dubai’s endeavours in becoming the world’s smartest city in three years, which would definitely contribute to make the residents of Dubai, its visitors and tourists happier and more satisfied,” said Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency.

“Joining forces with an international prestigious company such Siemens would certainly empower RTA to realise its technological targets and innovation objectives as per the timeline scheduled for the evolvement of 3D printing technology at the maintenance operation of the Rail Agency,” Younes added.

Alexander Biron von Curland, senior executive vice president, Mobility, Siemens Middle East said: “We are proud to be working with the RTA to advance industrialised 3D printing in Dubai, in line with the emirate’s vision to be the world’s smartest city.

“Siemens has been a pioneer of 3D printing worldwide, and this digital technology is changing the way we design and manufacture spare parts for mobility systems such as metros.”

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