Dubai awards contract for 3D-printed laboratory
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded the tender for the UAE’s first building to be fully printed on site.
It is also claimed to be the world’s first 3D-printed laboratory building.
Convrgnt Value Engineering has won the tender to design and construct the building, which will be built as part of the Research & Development (R&D) centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It will be used to conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technology.
The building will be printed using a system of robotic arms at the desert location. “The risks of working in an unshielded open environment have to be addressed and the logistics accurately controlled during the printing operation,” said Vibin Paul from Convrgnt.
“DEWA’s vision is inspired by the wise words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, who said that, ‘The future will depend on 3D printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat’,” said DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
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This article was published on 29 Sep 2016 (last updated on 29 Sep 2016).