Dubai Electricity and Water Authority R&D centre files patent for metal Additive Manufacturing extrusion device

August 29, 2023

August 29, 2023

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Research and Development Centre (R&D), headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has filed a patent for a novel extrusion device that reportedly enhances the process of melting and extruding raw metal materials to the build plate, while maintaining the optimum temperature required to handle raw metal materials. The extrusion device, said to improve the performance of AM machines by reducing the cost of manufacturing and energy consumption, can be attached and detached from the AM machine as required.

Further details of the patent or process developed at DEWA were not disclosed, however HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that these patents support DEWA’s efforts to develop an advanced infrastructure, with the investments helping to overcome challenges in the energy sector.

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“The R&D Centre’s achievements consolidate DEWA’s effective role in realising the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to exploit this technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology in the region and the world by the year 2030,” Al Tayer stated. “The Centre hosts leading researchers and creative minds who effectively support the sustainable economy and enrich the scientific community everywhere. At DEWA, we adopt 3D printing as one of the innovative solutions in our internal operations to print spare parts for devices and equipment, in addition to extending the lifespan of the equipment.”

DEWA uses Additive Manufacturing to produce prototypes and spare parts for its generation, transmission, and distribution divisions, and to support the digitisation of its inventory.

Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, added, “The research papers and patents registered by the Centre have enhanced its position as a global platform providing innovative solutions and technologies that enhance the operations and services of the utility sector. This maintains DEWA’s worldwide leadership and consolidates Dubai’s global position in research and development in solar energy, smart grids, energy efficiency and water, and capacity building in these sectors.”

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