3D printing which is part of Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems supported by emerging technologies like nanotechnologies and even AI.
It is a technological advancement made possible by the transition from analog to digital processes. AM can bring digital flexibility and efficiency to manufacturing operations. 3D printing uses data generated by computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. As its name implies, additive manufacturing adds material to create an object.
According to World Economic Forum, distributed manufacturing supported by 3D printing, will be one of the most disruptive technologies that transform the industrial landscape.
Being more affordable, portable and flexible – 3D printing is a technology that can empowers the ummah. GIUF sees the disruptiveness of this emerging technology as an opportunity that should be harnessed by the ummah.
We need to train many young talents with the vocational skills to exploit the potential of this technology to the fullest. Students in our schools could be induced with the skills to utilse this technology to generate innovative products of value to the world.
GIUF is keen to develop mini vocational courses to promote the extensive use of 3D printing by the ummah.