Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is working on a 3D printing strategy for medical services, with Dubai taking the initiative in producing artificial limbs for less than Dh400 using 3D printing by 2025.

The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai a global capital of 3D printing technologies by 2030, with a focus on three major sectors: construction, medical products and consumer products.

In line with the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy launched in April, Humaid Al Qutami, chairman of the Board and director-general of DHA, announced that the authority has begun determining the work methodology of making Dubai a global capital of 3D printing technologies in medical services by 2030.

“We also plan to produce ceramic teeth in less than 20 minutes, use 3D printing in orthopaedic surgeries and create 3D printed casts, which will speed the healing process of patients by 40 to 80 per cent,” said Al Qutami.

He said the DHA’s strategy will focus on using 3D printing in biomedicine and will aim to develop medical 3D printed products and 3D-related research, adding that the value of 3D printed medical products in Dubai is expected to exceed Dh1.3 billion by 2025.

“To meet the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, DHA has begun determining the work methodology, which ultimately aims to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030,” said Al Qutami.