3D printing: Is the construction sector catching up?
Originally published in Gulf Business by Aarti Nagraj (link below)
Place like Dubai are leading the adoption of 3D printing in construction
A yellow-colour one-storey house in Russia generated news headlines across the world in March this year for two reasons. First, the house was 3D printed, and second – more interestingly – the builders said the walls of the building were printed and painted in just 24 hours.
Dubai too gained global attention in May last year when it opened what it claimed was the world’s first 3D printed office. Located adjacent to Emirates Towers, the building is spread across 250 square metres and was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building materials designed and made in the UAE and the United States.
Later in the year, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) also awarded a contract for the design and construction of the UAE’s first building to be fully printed on-site and the first 3D printed laboratory in the world.
The laboratory, part of the Research & Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, will be used to conduct research on drones and 3D printing technology.