The emergence of a global movement in digital manufacturing, particularly 3D printing, has played a critical role in transforming production systems and driving next level growth. Access to such technologies is critical to stimulating innovation, employment, and sustainability.
In partnership with the Office of His Majesty the King, the Crown Prince Foundation established the country’s first 3D Center of Excellence within the TechWorks facility to build local skills and competencies related to 3D technologies. The Center seeks to raise awareness on the emerging technologies, their applications and implications, inspire youth to create new products, and trigger new channels of innovations, while enabling a pool of experts and talents who can build, maintain, and operate related technologies.
Through providing access to 3D printers and technologies, the 3DCoE under TechWorks is transforming how, what, and where products are manufactured and produced, and offers the first steps towards attaining commercial engagement. The state-of-the-art Center leverages the FabLab’s existing know-how, infrastructure, network, and operations.
The Center runs frequent “Master Classes”, which seeks to ignite rapid capacity building in critical technological advancements, and acts as a hub for growing talent in operating, building, and maintaining 3D technologies, bridges the gap between local youth and their global peers, and supports and enables the creation of new, innovative ventures. The Center seeks to advance linkages between innovators and the industry, highlighting its impact on various businesses. The Facility through its pool of experts/makers will further support the establishment of other similar Centers and FabLabs across the country to enable scale and outreach.
The Center offers a paid internship program for aspiring innovators, enabling them to gain deep knowledge into 3D Printing and technologies.