Dubai Municipality has taken a significant step in the application of 3D printing technology in construction. The municipality recently issued the first building permit for a private villa that will be built using 3D printing technology. The villa, located in the Al Awir 1 neighborhood, will be printed in a single pass and is expected to be completed by October 2023.
This project is part of Dubai’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 2030. The strategy aims to increase the percentage of 3D-printed buildings in the city to at least 25% by 2030. Mariam Al Muhairi, acting CEO of the Building Regulation and Permits Authority at Dubai Municipality, emphasized the importance of this project, saying it is intended to help encourage contractors, engineers, investors and real estate developers to use the technology.
The use of 3D printing in construction can offer a number of economic and environmental benefits. According to 3D printer manufacturers, these include lower construction costs, shorter construction times by shortening the construction supply chain, ease of construction of complex structures, use of sustainable raw materials and recycled materials in construction, and environmental protection by reducing construction waste. By not requiring a large number of on-site personnel, 3D printing technology is faster and more accurate than traditional construction methods.
Dubai Municipality has introduced a number of technical activities in 3D printing technology in the past year, including consulting services in civil engineering using this technology, construction contracting activities using 3D printing technology, and the production of concrete for construction using this technology.