Dubai Municipality unveils world’s largest 3D printed structure

The 3D printed structure has also implemented sustainability measures by reducing construction waste and using local materials for construction

Dubai Municipality has announced that it has completed a two-storey integrated building project through the use of 3D printing technology. It is the first structure in the world executed by undertaking 3D printing onsite directly under external working conditions and using local components.

The building is 9.5m high and has a total area of 640 sqm. and has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for completing the largest 3D printed two-storey structure in the world.

Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality said: “This project is a major turning point in threorde construction sector at the local and regional levels and is based on the strategy of innovation in 3D printing technologies in construction. This in turn will increase the pace and speed of execution and completion of buildings in record time and reduce construction costs and contribute to the development of solutions to the demographics challenges by reducing the number of construction labour.”

“It will also support the Emirate’s sustainability trends using local materials and reduce construction waste, where printing is done electronically according to engineering plans directly without human intervention,” he added.

Al Hajri also noted that the Municipality has equipped itself with all the facilities to deal with modern technology in the construction field and that the in-house consultant body supervised the completion of the project at all stages.

Dubai Media Office added that the building has been executed according to sustainability requirements and green building standards. It features efficient insulation systems through innovative geometrical wall printing and increases the possibility of utilizing voids inside the wall, which mainly helps the thermal insulation of the building and reduce energy consumption.

Additionally, it has developed solutions to connect services within the printed walls, which includes all services to the building such as electricity, water, communications, air conditioning and IT technologies, it added.

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