New Record: Dubai Reveals World’s Largest 3d Printed Building
If you think Dubai couldn’t get any more famous than it already is – think again! Once more, Dubai makes headlines for setting a new record for the World’s Largest 3D Printed Building which was unveiled last October 23 (Wednesday) by the Dubai Municipality.
The record-setting building towers at a height of 9.5 meters and spans a total area of 640 square meters.
Dubai Sets New Record for World’s Largest 3d Printed Building
According to Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, the development is a “major turning point in the construction sector” at the local and regional levels, as shared in a report by WAM.
He added, “This, in turn, will increase the pace and speed of execution and completion of buildings, and reduce construction costs and contribute to the development of solutions to the demographic challenges by reducing the number of construction workers.”
The development, Al Hajri noted will also support the emirate’s sustainability trends by using local materials and reducing construction waste, where printing is done electronically according to engineering plans, directly without human intervention.
Of note, the feat is the latest accomplishment in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to construct 25 percent of buildings in the emirate using 3D printing technology by 2030.
How was this made possible?
Al Hajri shared that the building has been designed and created with a number of spaces that can be used as rooms or offices of various sizes.
He added that the walls are printed directly from the printer, unlike the traditional method of construction, which depends on the work of tightening wooden pieces with nuts and bolts, reinforcement and pouring of concrete and making bricks.
The building has been designed with different curves and shapes through which it was tested to see whether it was possible for 3D printing in the construction of a variety of designs.
Before the design was completed, a team from the Dubai municipality carried out various tests and experiments on the mixes of the materials used in printing to ensure they fit the smoothness and pumping of the printer and meet the requirements of quality, consistency, and strength required to withstand the construction.
Here is a video shared by the Khaleej Times via Twitter on the official unveiling of the world’s tallest 3D printed two-story building in Dubai:
#DubaiMunicipality unveils the largest #3D printed two-story structure in the world. Video by Dhanusha Gokulan /Khaleej Times @DMunicipality pic.twitter.com/APFQmt8nIx
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) October 23, 2019
Again, congratulations to the Dubai Municipality on this remarkable feat of architectureI In many ways, the emirate is leading the world not just in terms of technology and modern living, but as well as in construction and architecture.