Dec 27, 2016 | By Benedict

Architectural 3D printing startup Cazza Construction is working with the Dubai Government to implement concrete 3D printing systems in the UAE city. Cazza will start sending engineers to Dubai in 2017 with the intention of creating 3D printed buildings.

3D printable buildings designed by Cazza Construction

It would be fair to say that the city of Dubai has lofty ambitions when it comes to 3D printing. The city already boasts 3D printed buildings and 3D printed palm trees that charge your phone and provide WiFi, while there are also plans to create a 3D printed laboratory for additive manufacturing and drone research at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. That already sounds like a lot of 3D printing activity in the rapidly developing metropolis, but there could soon be a great deal more: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Emir of Dubai, famously stated earlier this year that a quarter of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed by 2030.

Although companies like metal 3D printing firm Sinterex are increasing the additive manufacturing footprint in the Middle East, the Dubai Government is also looking further afield as it strives to meet its goal of 3D printing a quarter of its buildings in less than 15 years time. One US company to have received a call from the Dubai authorities is Cazza Construction, a Silicone Valley concrete 3D printing specialist that claims it can 3D print houses in as little as 24 hours. At present, not very much is known about Cazza’s machinery and processes, but its hotshot 19-year-old CEO Chris Kelsey has prepared the public for some big announcements during the course of 2017.

Cazza Construction's Chris Kelsey and Fernando De Los Rios

According to Cazza, one of those announcements will concern the company’s work with the Dubai Government, which already spoken to the San Francisco-based startup about the possibility of 3D printing concrete structures in the UAE’s most populous city. “We were one of many groups invited to showcase our technologies in Dubai,” Kelsey said earlier toay. “The government has been looking around the world, whether it was companies from the Netherlands, China, Russia, or the USA, to see the upcoming technologies involving construction automation and 3D printing. Out of all of the groups they’d seen online or spoken with, they were most fascinated with the capabilities of our unique machines.”

Some figures in the 3D printing industry will be hesitant to believe everything they hear about Cazza until they have seen the startup’s 3D printers in action, but Kelsey and fellow co-founder Fernando De Los Rios are optimistic about the huge impact their additive manufacturing equipment could have in the construction industry. “While the specifics of our technologies will only be revealed to close partners, the capabilities of our machines would enable a potential labour cost reduction of up to 90% while allowing construction companies to rapidly build houses and buildings,” Kelsey said.

3D printed office (above) and 3D printed Smart Palm, both in Dubai

In addition to its planned work in Dubai, Cazza also claims to have formed partnerships with a number of companies, who will use Cazza’s 3D printer’s to make their construction projects “faster, more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.” Details of all Cazza projects will be revealed in early 2017.



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Tom L wrote at 12/20/2017 12:46:19 AM:

Yes, it most likely bullshit. Feel sorry for the investors!

shaun lamont wrote at 3/15/2017 8:01:14 PM:

believe, optimistic, potential, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, claims, intention...all those catch phrases you hear, before you realise its all bullshit

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