Just when I think Dubai can’t surprise me anymore, the United Arab Emirates city goes and proves me wrong yet again.
We cover 3D printing news from all over the world, yet Dubai is one of the most – if not the most – consistent locations in terms of generating stunning announcements about the incredible things being done with the technology.
Earlier this year, Dubai made the grand announcement that 25% of all buildings in the city will be 3D printed by 2030, if all goes according to plan, and it’s becoming easier and easier to believe that that lofty goal can be met.
Just a month after Dubai announced their ambitious building plans, the city inaugurated the world’s first 3D printed office building, which took a mere 17 days to construct. A day later, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) stated their intention to build another 3D printed first: 3D printed laboratories at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Today, DEWA announced that they have awarded the contract for the design and construction of the first 3D printed laboratory to Convrgnt Value Engineering, a UAE-based construction firm that has been in business since 1974. Not only will the building be the first 3D printed laboratory in the world, it will be the first building in the UAE to be fully 3D printed onsite, rather than printed in segments elsewhere and assembled onsite. More info
By Clare Scott 3dprint.com