BE2C2 Report by Irshad Salim — The 3D-printed lab building under construction at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai is nearing completion.
The completion rate of the project has reached 87%, report ConstructionWeek.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electric & Water Authority (DEWA) visited the lab — the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite, and the first such 3D-printed laboratory building in the world.
The 3D-printed lab includes 4 sub-laboratories, with a capacity of 132 square meters: the Electronics Lab, the Software Lab, the Mechanical Lab, and the Prototype Lab, as well as an outdoor-testing facility, with a capacity of 400 square meters.
The lab aims to study the science and technique of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and 3D-printing.
DWA said it is keen to support the Dubai 3D printing strategy, to create a well-equipped infrastructure for research, development, design and manufacturing activities within a global regulatory framework that sets out technology application and product specifications to deliver 3D-printed products, at a competitive cost and with high quality.
DEWA said it is also studying the possibility of using 3D-printing technology in the development of spare parts, to improve the performance of UAVs, based on artificial intelligence in the maintenance and operations in its work.
The 3D-printing technology reportedly fits with the construction industry’s desire to be more sustainable and efficient by “creating only the amount of materials needed, cutting down on waste, and also on unnecessary labor costs,” according to Vincent Hui, the associate chair of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. It could ultimately make homes more affordable, too.
Chinese firm to print 1.5 million homes in Saudi Arabia
Leading Chinese 3D-printed building company WinSun said it has reached an agreement with Saudi construction company Al Mobty Contracting Company to lease 100 3D printers and set up a joint venture firm in a deal worth $1.5 billion.
The announcement for the Saudi jont venture came following WinSun’s recent deal to 3D print 17 office buildings in Dubai, UAE.
With these 3D printers from WinSun, the Saudi construction company will embark on a large-scale project of 30 million sq m of 3D printed buildings, in what should result in up to 1.5 million affordable new homes for the Saudi population, said a statement from the company in March.
3D printed construction is a viable option for the Kingdom’s desert climate, an issue that presents frequent problems for traditional construction methods, said senior company officials at WinSun.
An agreement was signed by Ma Yi He, WinSun’s chairman of the board of directors, and officials of Al Mobty Contracting Company in the presence of Saudi King Salman, who paid a state visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping from March 15 to March 18. This was the King Salman’s first visit to China.
WinSun said it was committed to completing 100 packages of 3D printing equipment for delivery to Saudi Arabia within the next six months.