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Dubai combines tradition and technology with 3D printed abras

Dubai combines tradition and technology with 3D printed abras

In a wonderful blend of technology and tradition, and Roads and Transport Authority Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority announced that it will soon begin producing 3D-printed abras, the region’s traditional boats. This innovation promises to significantly reduce production time while increasing environmental friendliness. That reports zawya.com.

From months to weeks: the revolution in boating

Dubai combines tradition and technology with 3D printed abras
Tradition meets the future: These abras, which will soon be manufactured in Dubai using innovative 3D printing technology from the Roads and Transport Authority, aim to offer a more environmentally friendly, efficient and cost-effective alternative, while preserving cultural heritage. (Image © 3D-Limitless Magazine)

The usual production time for the abra has been reduced from 6-7 months to just three weeks thanks to the use of 3D printing technology. In addition to saving time, a cost reduction of approximately 30 percent is also expected. A model of the 3D printed boat was recently displayed at the three-day Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the Dubai Solar Show (DSS).

Look at the technical data

The 3D-printed boat, made of fibre-reinforced thermoplastic, is 12 meters long and can carry up to 20 passengers, including special seats for people with disabilities. The expected speed of the boat ranges between 4 and 6 knots (7.4 and 11 km/h).

Tradition in modern guise

Abras, which have been one of the most popular means of transportation in Dubai for centuries, represent a symbol of the city’s history and heritage. The new 3D-printed version aims to preserve the traditional identity while equipping it with the latest technology for a safe and comfortable ride. These boats are ideal for exploring the historic Al Fahidi area as well as Dubai’s souks, mosques and museums.

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