New patent a 3D printing method of producing moulds for concrete and other aggregates
Additive manufacturing firm Immensa Technology Labs has submitted a 3D printing patent and has become the first firm in the UAE to do so. The patent is for a proprietary method of producing moulds for concrete and other aggregates using 3D printing technology.
The firm says its innovation will revolutionise the way construction companies and engineering firms approach urban design.
Immensa’s Edem Dugenboo and Elias El Dik developed the process using different 3D printing technologies to create moulds that can be used by fit-out and construction companies for the casting of concrete, cement and gypsum materials in complex shapes and forms, with a faster turnaround than existent traditional methods.
“We are proud to represent this great nation by filing the first 3D printing related patent from a UAE-based company. This process being patented is at the forefront of engineering innovation and aligns with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. At Immensa, we constantly encourage our engineers to surpass their potentials, and we strive to offer them a positive and reinforcing environment for them to create and work in,” said Fahmi Al Shawwa, CEO of Immensa Technology Labs.
The mould is said to be more cost-efficient than traditional moulds and is made of environment-friendly material. It can also be reused according to the firm.
Dugenboo added, “We came upon the process for this mould while working on various projects related to concrete casting. After facing many challenges, we utilised a unique process that comprised a number of different elements and individual processes to come up with a full and effective solution using 3D printers.”
El Dik notes, “We will continue to invest resources in developing further applications for 3D printing in the construction sector. Immensa works closely with its partners on construction-related R&D projects, and we believe there are many applicable uses for 3D printing in the sector. This process is still nascent and the possibilities for its use are just revealing themselves to us.”