A contract to design and construct the first 3D-printed building in the UAE and the world’s first 3D-printed laboratory has been awarded.
The contract for the building, which will be fully printed on site, has been awarded by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) to contractor Convrgnt Value Engineering.
Dewa said that the contract also included the design and construction of the first 3D-printed laboratory building in the world.
It added that the laboratory would be built as part of the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Dewa managing director and chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said that Dewa’s vision had been inspired by the words of UAE vice president and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The future will depend on 3D-printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from the houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
Al Tayer added: “The construction of the 3D-printed lab, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, reflects our ongoing efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D-Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity, and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub for 3D-printing technology by 2030.”
Convrgnt’s Vibin Paul said: “We are extremely pleased with the award and even more so since this will be the first 3D-printed laboratory in the world and the first 3D building in the UAE that is fully-printed onsite. 3D-printed building technology is not only new to the Gulf but also the world and we are fortunate to be at the forefront with this project.
“The building will be printed using a system of robotic arms at the desert location. The risks of working in an unshielded open environment have to be addressed and the logistics accurately controlled during the printing operation.”
The laboratory will conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technology to support Dewa’s ongoing projects. Part of the research on the use of drones will be to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency, credibility, and lower their cost, as well as study and test different photovoltaic technologies.
Dewa said that it had been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission, and distribution systems.