Video: Dubai to 3D-Print a Quarter of Every New Building by 2025

Video: Dubai to 3D-Print a Quarter of Every New Building by 2025

The world’s first 3D printed office building opened in Dubai in 2016. It took 17 days to print, using a 37-meter long printer and two days to assemble on site. But 3D printing doesn’t just cut construction time, it also helps the environment.

Cement is responsible for 8% of worldwide carbon emissions and concrete accounts for 9% of all industrial water use. 3D printing creates 60% less waste than traditional construction because 3D printers use materials more efficiently, cutting costs by up to 70% and labour by up to 80%.

Khalfan Juma Belhoul, the Chief Executive Officer at the Dubai Future Foundation talks us through how Dubai aims to meet its target of 3D printing 25% of new buildings by the year 2025.

Chris Fernando

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