Mar 20, 2017 | By Tess

The United Arab Emirates, which is aiming to become a world leader in the field of 3D printed construction, has announced an exciting step in realizing that goal: UAE-based construction company DuBox has unveiled the country’s first locally 3D printed concrete element. The 3D printed part will be on display at the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The 3D printed concrete element was realized by DuBox in partnership with the University of Eindhoven and Witteveen+Bos, a Dutch engineering consultancy firm. DuBox specializes in off-site construction and modular, single or multi-storey building designs. 3D printing is primed to help the company achieve efficient building processes, as well as its goal of providing “simpler-safer” construction.

GMIS, where the 3D printed concrete component will be showcased, is organized by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido), and will be co-hosted by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. The event, which is taking place from March 27 to 30, marks the UAE’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community. There, business, government, and civil society leaders will meet to discuss and envision the manufacturing industry’s future.

DuBox, evidently, is expecting to be a part of the industry’s future, offering modular and now even 3D printed construction. DuBox founder Chebel Bsaibes stated: “Since 2009, DuBox has handed over 150,000 sq m of built-up environment introducing new technologies and techniques, disrupting the conventional process of the construction industry…We are paving the path for the construction industry to embrace the new smart industrial age—the fourth Industrial Revolution—by rapidly prototyping, testing, and commercializing innovative solutions.”

DuBox off-site construction

"We are challenging and changing the way we build,” he added. “Our participation at GMIS is a perfect opportunity to present what we have achieved over the last five years and what we have planned for the next five years.”

GMIS 2017 has the stated goal of determining the manufacturing sector’s role in the reconstruction of the global economy and the restoration of global prosperity. By bringing together some of the key players in the sector, GMIS ultimately wants to open a productive dialogue about the future of manufacturing.

As concrete 3D printing is increasingly explored as a revolutionary new construction method, there is little doubt that it will be a hot topic at GMIS, especially with the presentation of the UAE’s first locally manufactured 3D printed concrete structure. Who knows, perhaps this will mark a key step forwards for Dubai’s goal of having 25% of its buildings 3D printed by 2030.



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