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Modern Architecture 3 - Innovative technologies of construction


Innovative technologies of construction
Khalifa University - Abu Dhabi



The largest 3D-printed building ever constructed has now been finished over in the United Arab Emirates (not in the picture above).

More specifically, the building in the Al Warsan area of Dubai has been recorded in the Guinness World Records as the first ever two-storey 3D-printed building, and the largest one in the world by volume.

“This will reduce construction costs and contribute to the development of solutions to demographic challenges by reducing the number of construction workers.”

The building – which is 9.5 meters tall and has an area of 640 square meters – used half the normal number of workers, the report in The National states, and produced around 60% less waste than traditional construction. It’s estimated that it will cut construction costs by something like 60%, too.

Mr Al Hajri further commented: “Dubai’s 3D printing strategy aims to make it a global capital for this technology.”

Indeed, Emaar Properties – which was responsible for the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world by far – is planning a range of 3D-printed homes in the Arabian Ranches III development in Dubai. The idea is that customers will be able to “design, download and print” their own perfect home.

Elsewhere we’ve seen innovative uses of 3D printing in construction including a project to build eco-house communities, with the homes themselves fashioned from mud (among other materials). This is all about maximizing sustainability, and minimizing waste, and in the future we could see autonomous eco-cities built along such lines – or at least that’s the vision.

3D printing has many diverse applications, but it seems to be increasingly clear that construction will be a big part of the future for this technology.


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