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Dubai University Establishes 3D Printing Center

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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The American University in Dubai and 3DVinci Creations have come together to establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings.

Dubbed The Center for 3D Concrete Printing and Digital Construction, and slated to be built on the university’s campus, it is also reported to be a first of its kind in the Middle East.

Coming Together

In a cooperation agreement with 3D printing company 3DVinci Creations (Dubai), AUD students, faculty members of engineering and architecture and researchers from 3DVinci will now have access to one of its 3D printers on campus.

“With this cooperation agreement, we aim to perform strategic analyses of the present and future capabilities of 3D Concrete Printing and of digitally-driven construction systems,” said 3DVinci Creations CEO Edouard Baaklini.

“The Center will work with local regulatory bodies to develop newly updated building codes that pertain to 3D printed buildings and structures. We will also develop cost models of 3D Printed Concrete buildings and structures together with tools for value analysis vis-à-vis traditional construction methodologies.”

Global engineering consultancy firm, Robert Bird Group (London) and Arabtec Construction Company (Dubai) have also signed a cooperation agreement with the University and 3DVinci.

Dubai’s 3D Vision

Various steps prior to the establishment of the AUD Center have already been taken in Saudi Arabia and Dubai to develop a 3D construction innovative base.

By 2025, Dubai envisions that at least 25 percent of every new building in the city will feature some form of 3D printing. In order to prepare, the service bureau signed distribution agreements with 3D printing construction companies Cobod International (Denmark) and Ai Build (London) to sell its systems within the United Arab Emitrates.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Cobod. The purchase of the BOD2 3D printer aims to improve Saudi Arabia’s similar 2030 vision for the country’s economy and innovative housing developments.

3D Concrete Center Goals

The new establishment will aim to create a consortium in order to drive the use of 3D printing concrete technology in construction with the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

While conducting research, the center plans to focus on innovative processes, business models geared toward 3D printing and developing products, materials and tools. In addition, the center will also be working to provide local and regional communities with 3D printing training and educational workshops.

To ensure a successful outcome, AUD plans to incorporate individuals and entities from academic, industry and government fields into its team to promote a “3D printing culture.”


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