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Dubai Clicks Print on New Buildings

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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A quarter of all new buildings in Dubai will be 3-D printed by 2030 under a new plan unveiled by United Arab Emirates officials.

On Wednesday (April 27), UAE Vice President Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who serves as ruler of Dubai, announced a plan to ramp up production of 3-D printed buildings.

The idea is to make Dubai a global leader in 3-D technology.

“We aim to provide the best opportunities for innovation and optimal application of this technology worldwide” Sheik Mohammed said in a statement. “Our goal is raise the level of services provided to the people and harness 3-D printing for the benefit of the entire community.”

Printing the Future

Under Dubai's new strategy, “The construction and building sector will focus on lighting products, bases and foundations, construction joints, facilities and parks, buildings for humanitarian causes and mobile homes in addition to galleries, stores and residential villas.”

Officials predict that by 2025, the 3-D printing construction sector in Dubai will be worth 3 billion UAE dirhams (about $817 million).

3D printing

Officials see Dubai as a leading hub of 3-D printing technology by 2030.

Further, the use of the technology is expected to bring down the cost of construction by at least 50 percent, and reduce the cost of labor by a similar margin, officials say.

Sheik Mohammed called on all government agencies, private sector companies, universities and research centres to work together to establish "a universal model in the UAE that will serve as a platform for innovators in this futuristic technology from all over the world."

Last June, Sheik Mohammed announced plans to create an office building via 3-D printing, part of the Museum of the Future, which is slated to be finished in 2017.

WinSun Global, the Chinese firm reportedly contracted to design that building, has created numerous buildings in China using 3-D printing, including a five-story apartment building.

Not Just Construction

While the plan for Dubai’s construction sector is the most notable part of the new 3-D Printing Strategy, there are also goals for increasing the use of 3-D techniques in the production of medical and consumer products.

In the medical realm, the new strategy will focus on the production of items like artificial teeth, bones and organs using 3-D technology. In the consumer sector, planned focuses include jewelry, games and fast food.


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