US-based firm to create 3D printed buildings in Dubai

December 28, 2016

undefinedundefinedThis announcement comes in line with the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy which was launched by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum in April this year where by 25% of the buildings in the emirate will be based on 3D printing technology by 2030. This percentage will rise with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand.

Chris Kelsey, CEO of Cazza, said: “The government has been looking around the world, whether it was companies from the Netherlands, China, Russia, or the USA, to see the upcoming technologies involving construction automation and 3D printing. Out of all of the groups they’d seen online or spoken with, they were most fascinated with the capabilities of our unique machines.”

The company hopes to “revolutionise the construction industry” in Dubai using 3D printing concrete minitanks that can build a three-storey house in two days and other innovative technologies. 

"While the specifics of our technologies will only be revealed to close partners, the capabilities of our machines would enable a potential labour cost reduction of up to 90% while allowing construction companies to rapidly build houses and buildings," Kelsey was quoted in a news report.

Cazza's COO, Fernando De Los Rios, added that the company will soon begin to bring its engineers from across the world to start working in Dubai and the surrounding areas.

Although the details of its upcoming 3D printing projects and its local partners will be revealed in early 2017, Kelsey mentioned that the self-funded startup is already in talks with well-known developers and government agencies in Dubai to join hands for 3D printing.

Dubai leads the way for 3D printing with the opening of the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed office building. Located next to Emirates Towers, The Office of the Future caters to the Dubai Future Foundation, which is a research body responsible for helping the emirate develop new technologies.

Another common site is the installations of 3D printed palm trees that can charge phones and provide WiFi.

As well as these, other high-profile 3D-printed projects include the Museum of the Future, 3D-printed labs in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park and various other initiatives by Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

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