“This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors,” said H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi , UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee. He went on to add, “We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”
Located in the middle east region of Asia, The United Arab Emirates is one of the top most rated tourist and business destinations known all over the world. It’s probably on every other persons bucket list (definitely on mine). If you think the tallest most significant skyscrapers in New York or Johannesburg are anything short of “wow” well clearly you havent been to the UAE. The pictures alone are breath-taking , Its full-throttle development, iconic skylines of high-rises, and world-famous beach resorts are a sight for sore eyes. Think the “Burj Khalifa” , one of the UAE’s most famous buildings and the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai. Apparently this is the world’s tallest building. Besides being known for its “well put” infrastructure, this part of the world’s tech savvy aura seems to have been taken yet to another level.
They plan on building what is being called the first fully functional 3D printed office building. This means a printer to make three-dimensional objects from a digital design will be used. The parts will then be assembled on site. Those of you as “smart” as I am are probably wondering what this means?, well so did I. Here’s the lowdown, the whole process is set to be less costly and time saving as well as being less of an environmental hazard. So imagine the way a phone or car is channeled through to the world with the first stage being , the thought out design, then manufacturing the parts , with all its bits and pieces and finally having them put together, perfectly fitting like legos or a rubex . That is how the building will be done, with all its layers and entire interior in 3D print. Completion of scrapers today takes months if not years to complete. Sourcing glass , bricks , timber, iron etc then having to put the entire project on hold because certain material are not available. This way of building and use of technology is estimated to cut labor costs by a very attractive 50 to 80 percent and of course construction waste and time.
After having read a few articles on this, first thought that dashed through for me was that this is most definitely a brilliant innovation strategy and a smart way of the use of technology to simplify and better the architectural and construction world. I am so eager to see everything unfold, but of course with the way the tech world keeps changing overnight, I doubt l will be left with a jaw drop . Brilliant inventions and ways being made to make life “smarter” and convenient, are always being created.