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
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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