RAIDY Brings Desk­top 3D Print­ing to Le­banon


While many peo­ple still con­sider 3D print­ing to be a fu­tur­is­tic won­der, the tech­nol­ogy is now closer than ever with the first 3D desk­top prin­ters land­ing in Le­banon.

3D print­ing, also known as ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, al­lows you to print ob­jects by adding up one layer of ma­te­rial on top of the other un­til the de­sired shape is com­plete. The tech­nique is not en­tirely new to Le­banon as it’s been around in spe­cialised shops since 2013. But with new the desk­top 3D prin­ters dis­trib­uted in Le­banon and the GCC re­gion by Raidy print­ing press, you can print any ob­ject you want from the com­fort of your home or of­fice.

“3D print­ing is sim­ply the abil­ity to print any ob­ject or part of an ob­ject with­out the in­ter­fer­ence of a third party,” Raidy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor told Arabad. “The ad­van­tage of this tech­nol­ogy is that you can fully cus­tomise it ac­cord­ing to your needs and still end up with zero waste as op­posed to tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

You don’t have to be pro­fi­cient with de­sign soft­ware such as AU­TOCAD to be able to ben­e­fit from this tech­nol­ogy, you can sim­ply down­load STL files from the in­ter­net the same way you would down­load a doc­u­ment and have it printed in sec­onds.

Many in­dus­tries can ben­e­fit from the rev­o­lu­tion­ary as­pect of 3D print­ing to­day. In ad­di­tion to its ini­tial pro­to­typ­ing func­tion, the tech­nique can be of tremen­dous use to prod­uct de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects as it en­ables them to bring their de­signs to life and scale them ac­cord­ing to their need. “The com­monly used ma­te­rial to­day is PLA but you can also print in clay, wood, flex, brass, sil­ver and even chocolate!” Raidy noted.

Doumit Raidy

3D print­ing also prom­ises to rev­o­lu­tionise the work­ing scheme of med­i­cal doc­tors by giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to print life-size or­gans and pros­the­ses. “Doc­tors can print a bro­ken bone or dam­aged or­gan di­rectly from the MRI file to vi­su­alise the prob­lem clearly be­fore un­der­tak­ing sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, den­tists can do the same for teeth and plas­tic sur­geons can scan a pa­tient’s face and print it with the de­sired mod­i­fi­ca­tions prior to the surgery,” Raidy ex­plained.

The fash­ion in­dus­try is equally profit­ing from 3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies with fash­ion de­sign­ers in­cor­po­rat­ing 3D-printed items into their col­lec­tions and jew­elry de­sign­ers cre­at­ing sharply de­tailed molds for their fine creations. “Adi­das were the first to cre­ate a 3D-printed shoe mid­sole for in­stance, the idea is to be able to cus­tomise each shoe to the foot shape and needs of the ath­lete,” Raidy told Arabad.

In ad­di­tion to that, many aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in Europe and the US are equipped with desk­top 3D prin­ters. In­stalled in li­braries and labs, the prin­ters are pri­mar­ily used in bi­ol­ogy, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and med­i­cal cour­ses.

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