The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Siemens to enhance the RTA’s 3D printing initiative. The MoU will also seek to expand the sources of spare parts for the Dubai Metro and increase their availability, reduce the level of obsolete equipment and facilitate the supply of improved parts with better performance and greater features.
In 2016, the RTA’s Rail Agency utilized 3D printing technology on the Dubai Metro, and a team from the Rail Agency Maintenance Department succeeded in printing spare parts for the metro’s sub-systems.
According to Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of the Rail Agency, RTA, the agreement with Siemens will help the RTA support Dubai’s endeavors in becoming the world’s smartest city in three years.
"Joining forces with Siemens would certainly empower the RTA to realize its technological targets and innovation objectives, as per the timeline scheduled for the evolvement of 3D printing technology in the maintenance operations of the Rail Agency,” said Abdul.
Alexander Biron von Curland, senior executive and vice president, mobility, Siemens Middle East, said, “We are proud to be working with the RTA to advance industrialized 3D printing in Dubai, in line with the emirate’s vision to be the world’s smartest city. Siemens has been a worldwide pioneer of 3D printing, and this digital technology is changing the way we design and manufacture spare parts for mobility systems, such as metros."
Siemens has been using 3D printing technology to manufacture turbine parts that can withstand speeds around 1600km/h, temperatures over 1200°C, and loads around 11 tons. Earlier this year, Siemens, Strata, and Etihad Airways jointly manufactured the MENA region’s first interior aircraft part using 3D printing.