UAE Tech Podcast: 3D Printing, STEM & Jacky's Business Solutions

Published November 15th, 2020 - 05:00 GMT
Ashish Panjabi /Al Bawaba
Ashish Panjabi /Al Bawaba

A couple of years ago there was a big buzz around 3D printing. Many Tech analysts suggested a future in which we’d all be ‘print-publishing’ consumer items in our homes. That hasn’t happened yet. It’s even possible that 3D printing on the consumer end will remain a niche skill set, favored by designers, engineers and inventors.

But the wider industrial implications of 3D printing are beginning to emerge. Right now students across the UAE learning the process, software and techniques necessary to operate a 3D printer. Beyond education, architects and defense firms have long been exploring the technology.

The original Deira store in Nasr Sq, circa 1990’s-2000’s before a renovation.

Over the past decade one electronics' store, in particular, has played a key role in importing 3D printing technology to the UAE.

For veteran’s of Dubai, Jacky’s Electronics Store in Nasr Square Deira is a familiar landmark established in 1988. We spoke with Chief Operating Office Ashish Panjabi on how Jacky’s Electronics merged into Jacky’s Business Solutions, for a behind the scenes look into the small changes that are incrementally building UAE capacity in additive manufacturing.

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