Dubai’s Revolutionary 3D Printing Hub to Create 20,000 Aircraft Parts a Year

In today’s technologically advanced world, the Aviation industry is pushing the boundaries of innovation in manufacturing. Dubai has emerged in this journey, recently making investments in a cutting-edge 3D printing hub facility – Paradigm 3D, worth Dhs20m (around 4.5 million British Pounds). Surprisingly, it is the first Middle East country to follow strict compliance with the aerospace-specific EASA Part 21G regulation, also known as Production Organisation Approval to manufacture aircraft parts. This important Dubai move signifies a crucial move towards sustainability with several options for crafting lightweight replacement aircraft components and, by this, emerging in a new era of aviation technology.

3D printing Hub
©Paradigm 3D

What types of aviation components will be produced by the 3D printing hub?

The 10,750-square-foot manufacturing facility, situated in the Jebel Ali Industrial Zone in Dubai, is furnished with cutting-edge 3D printers from Stratasys. It will begin with the capability to manufacture 2,000 components annually, with projections for expansion to 20,000 units per year in the coming ten years.

Paradigm 3D has established crucial partnerships with key players in the industry. The Design to Manufacturing Company -theD2Mco, Stratasys’ long-time platinum partner in Dubai, has installed industrial 3D printers at the facility. Additionally, Paradigm 3D has joined forces with AM Craft, a certified aerospace production company based in Latvia, holding EASA Production Organization Approval (POA). AM Craft’s involvement will make the way for Paradigm 3D to become the first certified manufacturing site outside the European Union, facilitating local production approval.

This collaboration enables the company to provide regional manufacturing capabilities, catering to the needs of local airline operators while aligning with the UAE government’s vision for the manufacturing sector through the initiatives like Operation 300bn. Kyriakos Papantoniou, group executive director at theD2Mco, emphasized the distinctive role of Stratasys 3D printers in this facility, positioning it as a pivotal player in the highly regulated aviation industry. The potential is for this new plant to extend beyond the UAE market, with aspirations to serve the broader regions.

Dubai’s 3D Printing Hub will fabricate countless aircraft interior elements, including seats, restrooms, electronic cooling conduits, environmental control system channels, cable organizers, filtration enclosures, miniature blades, seals, component linkers, air intake distribution systems, and many other components.

 

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3D scanning ©Paradigm3D Official Website

What are the advantages of 3D printing in the Aviation Industry?

3D printing offers numerous benefits to the aircraft industry, opening up new possibilities for faster production with rapid development and testing of new products such as suspension wishbones and nozzle bezels. This technology also reduces errors, producing lighter and more cost-optimized aircraft parts. For example, in the context of wind energy, lighter planes are also more fuel-efficient.

The supply chain is another of the great benefits of 3D printing in the aviation industry: The use of 3D printing in the aircraft industry has made a big difference in how parts go to the local when they are needed. It was a hassle in the past, with long waits for parts and lots of spare ones lying around. But with a 3D printing facility, this activity has become simpler, and these components can be manufactured on-site, eliminating the need for large inventories and external dependencies. This increased control over the supply chain makes faster aircraft repairs, less downtime, and improved overall efficiency.

One more of the important benefits is safety: engineers ensure that specialized polymers, composites, and metal alloys meet stringent criteria for strength, heat resistance, and durability, making safety a priority, additionally, 3D printing helps to create in the quickest way, the early versions of these aircraft parts for testing.

3d printing printers Stratasys
Stratasys Printer ©Paradigm3D

Stratasys EMEA President Andreas Langfeld highlights the distinctive aspect of Paradigm 3D’s facility, being the sole 3D printing service provider in the Middle East authorized to create 3D-printed components for both private and commercial aircraft. Establishing this capability in Dubai will significantly reduce the waiting time for replacement parts, potentially saving airlines weeks or months. This not only improves operational expenses, especially in terms of logistics, but also diminishes the environmental impact related to the transportation of these “spare” parts.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this exciting 3D printing hub in Dubai! How do you believe it will impact the aviation industry in a positive way? Share your opinions with us.

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Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra Wasilewska
Aleksandra known as Lexi is an Aviation Reporter Intern with a background in Aviation , previous work in Jet2.com and degree in Media and Communications. Her passion for travelling, storytelling, and exploring new cultures drives her enthusiasm for creating media content. Born in Poland, she spent her childhood in Portugal, and she currently lives in the vibrant city of London.
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