Dubai is all set to welcome its first 3D printed villa
Technology is great isn't it? It allows us to chat with relatives abroad, make plans, check the weather and now make fancy 3D houses.
While not all of us can (need a fare amount of money for that sort of technology) we are however about to live in a city that is soon to be home to a number of 3D villas.
That's right, it looks like His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai's, dream of making the city a leading hub for 3D technology by 2030 is rapidly becoming a reality.
According to Dubai's 3D Printing Strategy around 25 percent of buildings in Dubai will be built using 3D printing by 2030.
While we can’t confirm the status of the buildings for now, what we can tell you is that Dubai will see its first 3D villa in two months.
The much awaited development comes just two years after the city opened its first 3D printed office.
Speaking to daily Arabic newspaper Emarat Al Youm, Director-General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah revealed that the technology, that reduces construction costs and shortens delivery time, is currently being used to build villas in a government housing programme.
3D printed villas aren't all we have to look forward too...
Dubai-based start-up Cazza are currently working to build the world’s first ever 3D skyscraper. The construction technologies firm plans on using cranes with special units that will enable them to create buildings over 80 meters high. While the cranes will build specific parts of the building, the rest will be built using more traditional methods.
If the concept of 3D printing is new to you, here’s what you need to know...
- The process, first developed in the 1980s, is a computer-controlled sequential layering of materials to create three dimensional shapes.
- Currently it’s more expensive than conventional building methods, but within a few years it’s set to replace existing methods.
- It will allow faster and more accurate construction of complex structures.
- It will lower labour costs and produce less waste.
- Out the construction industry, 3D printing is possible in the medical and consumer industries as well. For the first it can be used to make teeth, bones and artificial organs. While in the latter industry, it can be used to make household items and fashion jewellery.