Dubai actively introducing 3D printing technologies in construction

The first building in the UAE printed on a 3D printer will house Dubai Museum of the Future.

The world's and the UAE’s first office created using 3D printing technology is already being built in Dubai.

UAE’s National Innovation Committee was the initiator for creating such a unique project, where not only the walls and all the elements of construction will be printed on a 3D printer, but all the interior elements too. Therefore, Dubai is in the forefront of the world’s implementation of cutting-edge technologies in real estate construction.

Committee’s chairman, Mohammed Al Gergawi, said: “The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality.

“This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping the construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”

The project of the office for the Dubai Museum of the Future will be printed on a 20-feet-high 3D printer and is to be completed by 2017.

Etienne Mouton, the head of technology for the Middle East at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, said that 3D printing technologies and materials science have recently stepped so far forward that the creation of entire buildings, villas and offices through this technology has become not just a possibility, but an embodied reality, while Dubai will definitely play a pivotal role in this sector.

3D-printing helps significantly reduce real estate construction costs, since the accuracy of the technology allows reducing amount of construction waste generated by between 30 and 60 per cent. In some cases, material recycled from other projects can be reused. And labor costs can be reduced by 50-80%.

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