The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed recently that it has made significant progress to use 3D printed spare parts for the Dubai Metro. The step was taken considering the supply chain disruptions following the exceptional circumstances forced by the outbreak of the global pandemic Covid-19.
The Dubai RTA along with Serco, Dubai Metro’s maintenance contractor, is working with a specialist 3D printing company (name not revealed) to advance the 3D printed spares project. This push to use 3D printing is in-line with its Dubai 3D printing strategy.
According to Mohammed Al Amiri, Director of Maintenance, Rail Agency, RTA, “RTA is always keen on applying the latest technology in various processes including 3D printing. The drive is compatible with Dubai’s 3D printing strategy. RTA would wish to praise the ongoing cooperation with Serco, the Dubai Metro maintenance contractor, in the manufacturing of materials and 3D printed spare parts required for the metro and associated systems.”
Mohammed Al Amiri also said, “Serco has therefore developed several models considered the first of their kind in the region for use in several areas such as trains, communication systems and ticket vending machines. RTA’s maintenance teams provided every support to the frontline personnel during the lockdown of the National Disinfection Programme for tackling Covid-19 by manufacturing ‘Mask Strap Clips’ and ‘Button Pushers’.
Mr Al Amiri said that the 3D printing technology succeeded in providing some metro spare parts in a record time that saved 90% of the time of sourcing those parts through conventional means. It also saved 50% of the original cost. The use of 3D printing in several projects and applications helps developing new techniques and creative means capable of contributing effectively to making Dubai the smartest city in the world.
Mr Al Amiri added, “3D printing is progressing at an increasing rate all over the world. RTA intends to play a leading role in the development and optimal use of these technologies as part of its efforts to use the best global practices of the public transport industry and the required infrastructure.”
Amiri concluded: “RTA and Serco are cooperating with a specialist firm under a MoU designating that firm as a technology partner in this field. The firm has been instrumental in lending support to the manufacturing of the required 3D printed spare parts, thanks to its extensive experience in this field.
Through using cutting-edge 3D printed spare parts, RTA aims to support the maintenance teams and extend the life cycle of assets as well.
Source: The National
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