Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) and Etihad Rail have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation and exchange knowledge in the field of advanced technologies and utilise the latest 3D printing technologies that use recycled materials, supervised by young Emirati students and graduates from ACTVET. The MoU was signed in the presence of Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail.
According to the MoU, the two parties will collaborate in designing and producing eco-friendly materials using the latest technologies with the help of qualified young citizens, in accordance with supporting government sustainability initiatives and national competencies specialised within the industrial sector.
Dr. Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of ACTVET,commented that “this agreement constitutes a new pioneering initiative at ACTVET, which utilises the latest technologies in the design and production of spare parts and accessories, including 3D printing, lathing, environmentally friendly recycled resources, and other technologies.”
Mr. Al Shamsi further noted that the agreement seeks to qualify Emirati manpower to work on the latest technologies for 3D printing and encourages the participation of more national talents with specialisations in the industrial sector of the UAE.
Mr. Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail, expressed the company’s willingness to continue its role in supporting Emirati manpower and benefit from ACTVET’s expertise to qualify them professionally and technically in the field of 3D printing according to Etihad Rail’s needs in developing the railway sector.
The use of recycled materials helps companies reach their sustainability goals by improving resource efficiency, reducing waste from production and manufacturing processes, and protecting natural resources.
3D printing technology allows the production of parts and components with high precision, speed, and lower costs compared to traditional methods of manufacturing. In addition, it saves energy by reducing the number of steps needed to operate the equipment used for producing manufacturing moulds, tools, and equipment.