Dutch firm 3D prints concrete drone laboratory building in Dubai

Irshad Salim (BE2C2 Report) — Dutch 3D printing company CyBe Construction has completed a drone research and development (R&D) laboratory building for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), it has been reported.

The CyBe RC 3Dp can reach heights thanks to its extendable undercarriage.

The project’s development is one of Dubai’s efforts to 3D print 25% of its buildings by 2030.

The Dutch firm printed the 168m2 building, comprising 27 parts, on-site in three weeks, using its RC 3Dp machine. The main aim of CyBe’s mobile 3D printer is to provide a reliable method of 3D printing concrete on a construction site. Featuring rubber wheel tracks, the machine is able to roam freely around the site

The process included constructing inner and outer walls, in addition to 3D printing small parapets.

Construction contractor Convrgnt (formerly known as Al Rashid Contracting) is “now adding […] final touches to the building, [which includes] a roof, stairs, and doors”, the report added.

The digital design of the Dubai laboratory.

CyBe has completed its project duties, which include engineering and 3D printing the lab.

According to the CyBe Construction, the building is the “very first laboratory which has been fully printed on site in the world.”

The company’s CyBe Mortar material, approved by Dubai Central Laboratory, has been used for the project.

Wanders & Wagner is responsible for the project’s architectural elements, while Witteveen + Bos is its contractual design engineer, according to CyBe Construction’s website.

According to reports, a controlled environment was created to 3D print the lab, with a large tent constructed in the middle of the desert for the activity that allowed CyBe “to protect the printing process from external conditions”.

A similar technique was used by another 3D concrete printing contractor while 3D printing a house in Russia during the winter.

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