Feb 20, 2018 | By Tess

Dubai is trying hard to make good on its plan to have 25 percent of all buildings in the city 3D printed by the year 2030, and has taken another step towards realizing the goal.

According to engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director-general of the Dubai Municipality, the city is preparing to unveil its first 3D printed villa in the next two months. At this stage in the 3D printed building’s development, the city says it has acquired all the “necessary tools and equipment” to begin additively manufacturing the villa.

Dubai's first 3D printed office building

“3D printing is a disruptive technology, one that promises to upend the entire real estate industry,” said Sameer Lakhani, the managing director of Global Capital Partners, a Dubai-based private equity and real estate company.

“Currently, the process is still more expensive than conventional building methods; moreover it is in its embryonic stages, being able to accommodate only rudimentary designs. However, within a 10 to 15-year time frame, it appears likely that this form of 'printing' will start to replace existing methods of construction.”

Construction is one of the key areas that the UAE city of Dubai is planning to integrate additive manufacturing into as part of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. They other key areas are the medical and consumer goods sectors.

The city hopes that 3D printing technology will ultimately provide a more efficient method for building homes, offices, and more—both in terms of cost and time. So far, the UAE city has already 3D printed an office as well as an R&D laboratory dedicated to drone research.

Dubai's first 3D printed office building

Cazza Construction, an enigmatic but promising startup based in Silicon Valley, is one of the companies currently working with the city of Dubai to transform the local construction industry using 3D printing technologies.

Last year, the company announced its plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper. Until then, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the results of the 3D printed villa project.



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