United Arab Emirates launches first ever unrestricted and usable building complex fabricated from an industrial 3D printer. Since the invention and official usance of 3D printers for domestic and industrial purposes, its function in building construction has been very minimal and causing a continuous call for technical improvement to enhance a better architectural printing output using the 3D printer.
The building which is estimated about 2,500 square feet, was fully printed using the industrial 3D printer in Dubai, and was launched by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai. Every aspect of the structure was 3D printed in two weeks. One of the most asked question by enthusiast of the 3D innovation technology is the size of the printer and the kind of physical resources that was fed to the printer. It has been revealed that size of the 3D printer is about 4,800 square feet with an elevation of about 20 feet. Materials used include concrete, gypsum and plastics that have been strengthened with metal to provide extra support.
The superb stylised building, has been tagged as a maiden project for 3D printed usable building project expected to produce as much as over twenty percent of total buildings within Dubai. Despite the Chinese 2015 mansion which was also 3D printed, Dubai’s 2,500 feet building is gaining much attention and inspiring hope for sustainable future towards global housing sector.
Following cost analysis made on the structure, the 3D printed building attracted a cost of $140,000. The technology also reduced production time and labour cost by about 60%, and reduced construction waste by about 40%. Innovators and researchers are continually making advances to develop unique strategies of using 3D printers to fabricate houses and temporal accommodation structures in the face of disasters and other catastrophic events.
United Arab Emirates, since the launch of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in2015, has responded and demonstrated high level of commitment towards the achievement of the goals. Dubai alone has set records in global concerned sectors such as affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production.
by Amponsem Joshua