Dubai Municipality completes construction of first 3D-printed building

25 October 2019 (Last Updated October 25th, 2019 11:17)

Dubai Municipality has completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building featuring a height of 9.5m at a total area of 640m².

Dubai Municipality completes construction of first 3D-printed building
Dubai Municipality completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building. Credit: Government of Dubai.

Dubai Municipality has completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building featuring a height of 9.5m at a total area of 640m².

Claimed to be the first 3D printed structure worldwide, the structure is in line with the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s directives to use 3D printing technology to establish 25% of the buildings in Dubai, UAE, by 2030.

The building is established by undertaking 3D printing on-site directly under external working conditions and with the use of local components.

Dubai Municipality director general Dawoud Al Hajri said: “This project is a major turning point in the construction sector at the local and regional levels and is based on the strategy of innovation in 3D printing technologies in construction, which 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.”

The national cadre and the municipality team supervised the completion of the project at all stages while the 3D printing team from the Building Permits Department acted as the in-house consultative body for project.

Local materials were used by the government to create the printing mix, which will be the Intellectual Property of Dubai Municipality.

The building features insulation systems through geometrical wall printing to support the thermal insulation of the building by increasing the possibility of using voids inside the wall.

It also features connect services such as electricity, water, communications, air-conditioning and IT technologies within the printed walls.

Al Hajri added: “The two-storey building has been designed and executed with a number of spaces that can be used as rooms or offices of different sizes.

“The walls are printed directly from the printer, unlike the traditional method of construction, which depends on the work of tightening wooden pieces with nuts and bolts, reinforcement and pouring of concrete and making bricks.

“The building has been designed with different curves and shapes through which it was tested whether it can be possible for 3D printing in the construction of a variety of designs.”