Thought you'd seen it all? Please, this is Dubai. The latest in its unrivalled offerings is the largest 3D printed building in existence.
Located in Warsan, standing 9.5 metres tall, with a total area of 640 square metres, and built onsite using 3D printing equipment, the city’s latest hi-tech development has now entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Officials have said that 3D printing techniques could transform how the construction sector operates, as a project of this size could easily cut costs from Dhs2.5 million to less than Dhs1million. Not only that, but the building was constructed – or rather printed – in the presence of only 15 construction workers and generated about sixty per cent less waste.
“This project is a major turning point in the construction sector,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, Dubai Municipality director general. “3D printing technologies in construction will increase the speed of execution and [lead to the] completion of buildings in record time.
“This will reduce construction costs and contribute to the development of solutions to demographic challenges by reducing the number of construction workers.”
Similar to an inkjet printer, the process involves layering a tested fluid material along a route mapped out by a computer. The mineral-infused fluids then solidify into concrete, converting the digital design into a three-dimensional structure.
The initiative is part of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which aims for 25 per cent of all buildings in the emirate to be 3D printed by 2030. This is a unique global initiative aimed at promoting the status of the UAE, and Dubai in particular, as a leading global centre of 3D printing.
The success of the fully functional building has incited Emaar Properties to plan Dubai’s first 3D printed home in Arabian Ranches Three, claiming the technique could greatly encourage design innovation and flexibility. And if that's not the most Dubai thing you've ever heard, we don't know what is.