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Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing Center

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a global disruptive technology transforming many industries due to increased creativity in product design process, easier production, reduced cost and expedited on-demand manufacturing, as well as reduced waste and improved sustainability.

Many UAE industrial and governmental sectors started employing AM due to UAE 3D printing strategy in making Dubai the world’s 3D printing hub by 2030. Our main objective is to introduce state-of-the-art-technology for Industry 4.0 and AM into UAE, by establishing an advanced digital and additive manufacturing (ADAM) center as a strategic advanced manufacturing center at KU to cater the needs of aerospace, healthcare, construction, defense, and energy sectors.

The ADAM center serves as a state-of-the-art R&D and educational facility in the area of AM and a platform to provide R&D services to industries across the UAE. This is fulfilled by adapting an integrated approach combining a full suite of digital design, modeling/simulation, fabrication, characterization, experimental testing and analysis facilities, to minimize time to market with high quality products. The center addresses the challenges and limitations in the current status of AM and works towards developing new processes and advanced materials to mitigate these limitations. The center also seeks to develop local expertise in digital additive manufacturing by empowering the building of human capacity. ADAM focuses on working closely with businesses to tackle major research challenges, ensuring that the UAE remains at the forefront of AM and its application in Industry 4.0.

Objectives

The main objectives of ADAM are:

  1. Provide detailed technical assessment and analysis of AM approaches for industry partners, business, government, and non-government organizations.
  2. Develop and transfer new materials and processes for AMand establishing testing procedures for the qualification of additively manufactured components.
  3. Provide the required platform (facilities, equipment, expertise, etc.) for industrial partners to test new business ideas and facilitate the adoption of these technologies by small to medium industries across the UAE.
  4. Organize conferences, workshops and discussions on 3D printing technologies and applications of relevance to industry and government organizations.

Mission

To serve as a state-of-the-art R&D and educational facility in the area of AM and a platform to provide R&D services to industries across the UAE. ADAM focuses on working closely with businesses to tackle major research challenges, ensuring that the UAE remains at the forefront of AM and its application in Industry 4.0.

Vision

ADAM’s vision is to drive further disruptive and rapid developments and utilization of AM locally and internationally through fundamental knowledge development and advanced methods to control and enable 3D multifunctionality. ADAM’s ambition is to translate these advances to cross-sectoral industrial applications.

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