A Dubai company is reportedly building the first 3D-printed skyscraper in the world. Find out more about the idea here!
14 March 2017| Last updated on 22 May 2017
Dubai has been at the forefront of 3D printing lately. Last year, we were introduced to the Office of the Future, the first 3D-printed office ever created.
At the time, Dubai Media Office had also disclosed that by 2030, 3D-printed buildings will make up 25 per cent of Dubai’s new buildings.
Now, a Dubai company is reportedly building the first 3D-printed skyscraper in the world. Cazza, a 3D printing construction technologies company, will be the one designing the building.
The company will be using its crane-printing method to build 3D structures of heights from 80 metres and up. The method involves using cranes modified specifically for 3D printing. There would be a variety of materials used, including concrete and steel.
The idea is to combine mobile 3D printing robots with existing construction methods in order to make the process faster, more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Not all of the building would be 3D-printed, but rather only the parts that make sense and the rest will still include reinforcements, such as rebar.
This approach saves time as you’re able to 3D print parts directly from the design. It also reduces construction costs and make the delivery time shorter.
At this point in time, this simply an idea in the works as the company has been very selective with the information it’s releasing regarding this project. But Dubai is no stranger to 'firsts' so we have no doubt this could soon become a reality.