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Building Tomorrow: Dubai’s First 3D-Printed Villa License

🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates.

A 3D-printed building, like a villa, is a building constructed by 3D printing technology. The 3D printer uses a converted blueprint or CAD drawing to create a physical structure by gradually printing the material in layers. This process is, in most cases, more cost and time efficient than traditional construction techniques.

Dubai Municipality announced that it has issued the first construction license for a private villa using 3D printing technology. The villa located at Al Awir 1 area in Dubai will be printed in one session, the civic body state. “The four-meter-high structure will be printed in a single session, and the villa construction work that started recently will be part of an unprecedented global project. The villa is expected to be completed by October 2023 and will be built entirely from locally sourced concrete,” the municipality said.

Mariam Al Muhairi, acting CEO of the Buildings Regulation and Permits Agency at Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality has issued the emirate’s first construction license for a private residence built with 3D-printing technology. This project aims to encourage contractors, engineers, investors, and real estate developers to adopt and use technology in their building operations.

According to Dubai Municipality, 3D-printed construction provides a number of economic and environmental benefits, including lowering construction costs. It also will shorten construction time, offer ease of construction for complex shapes and uses sustainable raw materials and recycled materials.

In 2019, Dubai unveils the world’s largest 3D printed building – a two-storey building that entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. Inside, the two-story building has several rooms of different sizes that are fitted with doors and windows. There’s even a staircase.

Back in May 2016, the world’s first 3D-printed office officially opened near Emirates Towers, serving as a temporary office for the Dubai Future Foundation. The whole building took only 17 days to print and was installed on-site within two days.


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