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UAE-based Jacky's Electronics is well established as a power retailer brand, but at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2013, Chief Operating Officer Ashish Panjabi is telling visitors about the company's recently launched B2B division.

The new business arm has a number of

offerings, but at GITEX it is focusing on demonstrating its 3D printer models,

in particular a model from vendor Mojo, which sells at around $10,000.

"[GITEX 2013] is the first public

event where we are showing our 3D printers," says Panjabi. "We are

working with a company called Stratasys, the largest manufacturer of 3D

printers in the world and we are targeting the commercial and industrial


Panjabi cited several examples of sectors

where 3D printing is coming to the fore. Prominent among them is that of

healthcare. Dentists can now use 3D printers to produce casts of teeth in

preparation for a number of procedures, both minor and major.

The complexity of the end product is

increasing constantly. Now, multiple materials can be used to produce complex

objects. Panjabi displayed a model of a human foot in which the bone structure

could be seen through the tissue layers, which were rendered as transparent.

In the manufacturing sector, 3D models can

be rendered in a number of materials including heavy metals. Panajabi also

presented several prototypes that included moving parts, such as cogs and

levers. He spoke of a future in which "digital manufacturing" would

be the norm and would have a massive impact on the supply chain.

"Why worry about spare parts when you

can make your own?" he observes.

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