Dubai’s 3D printing strategy received a boost in late October, when US computer-aided design technology giant Autodesk signed a agreement with the Dubai Future Foundation to support a $100m 3D printing investment fund.

The investment fund, which Autodesk calls Spark, aims to catalyse innovation, incubate and accelerate 3D printing start-ups in the region.

Start-ups and businesses that qualify for the fund will also be granted access to Autodesk’s marketing and software development capabilities.