AC3D: 3D builder says it can make construction “greener, cheaper and faster”

3D construction printing company officially launches in the UAE; says it can make construction four times faster

AC3D, a pioneering 3D construction printing company, has officially launched its operations in the United Arab Emirates under the auspices of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 2030 and in partnership with Dubai Municipality.

The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of the Middle East Reverse Engineering & Additive Manufacturing Conference & Showcase, ReAM 2023, a premier event running from September 25 to 27, 2023, at the Festival Arena in Dubai.

With a strategic focus on revolutionising low-rise housing, commercial real estate, and infrastructure development, AC3D aims to usher in a more sustainable era of construction. The company has pledged to make construction up to 1.5 times more cost-effective and significantly reduce labor requirements. Furthermore, AC3D intends to expedite construction processes, achieving up to four times faster construction while utilising eco-friendly printing materials.

The 3D construction printing market, projected to reach $2.5 billion by 2025, has seen remarkable growth from $500 million in 2023. Aligning with the ambitious Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 2030, which aims to implement 3D-printed buildings across the Emirates by 25% by 2030, AC3D’s entry into the market signifies a substantial step towards achieving these goals.

Boris Kozlov, Founder & CEO of AC3D, expressed his enthusiasm for the launch, stating, “Our mission to shape a more sustainable future for the construction sector begins here in Dubai. Beyond reducing CO2 emissions and minimizing waste, our vertically integrated technology facilitates energy-efficient homes, enables free-form architectural designs, reduces construction waste, and enhances resilience against natural disasters.”

The next-generation 3D printers, manufactured in the UAE, offer a range of environmental benefits in line with global sustainability objectives, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, the construction industry stands as the world’s leading producer of waste and a significant contributor to the global carbon footprint, with cement production alone responsible for 10% of CO2 emissions.

In addition to sustainability, the economic and humanitarian implications of 3D construction printing are profound. A single 3D printer has the potential to construct over 50 houses annually, a significant stride towards addressing the global housing shortage forecasted to affect 1.6 billion people by 2025, as reported by the World Bank. The housing and construction sectors face pressing challenges with an annual deficit of 12 million homes compounded by a significant shortage of 10 million construction workers.

Dubai achieved a significant regulatory milestone in August 2021 when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No. (24), governing the application of 3D printing technology in the construction sector. In July 2023, Dubai Municipality granted the first construction license for a private villa using 3D printing technology, further solidifying the city’s commitment to innovation in construction.

AC3D’s expertise extends beyond the manufacturing of cutting-edge building robots, encompassing the development of proprietary 3D printing material blends, the creation of advanced software solutions for streamlined construction processes, and the engineering and 3D printing of entire buildings.

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