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25% of Dubai buildings to be 3D printed by 2030



Following news that Dubai is testing driverless cars, it comes as little surprise that more futuristic plans are on the horizon. Apparently around 25% of buildings in Dubai will be built based on 3D printing by 2030.

This is part of a new strategy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. His Highness said that the aim is to utilise 3D printing to promote the status of the UAE. It’s hoped that the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy will make the city a leading hub for this technology by 2030.

“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,” he said.

Dubai’s strategy will focus on consumer products, medical products and construction. And it’s big business. It’s estimated that by 2025, the city’s 3D printing in the construction industry will be worth around AED3 billion.

As for the medical industry, it’s expected to hit AED1.7 billion by 2025, while consumer products are estimated at AED2.8 billion.

If you’re wondering what kind of stuff can be made on a 3D printer, the scope is huge. In the medical industry, the printers are used to make teeth, bones and artificial organs, while consumer products like fashion jewellery, household items and fast food.

Sheikh Mohammed added: “The future does not wait for those who hesitate and slow down. The next stage requires us to act fast and utilise the opportunities.”

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