When it comes to an awe-inspiring architecture, the first vision that comes to our mind is that of the magnificent Burj Khalifa. Dubai has always been on top in terms of building and architecture. And now the city is also going to excel in the field of technologically advanced architectures as well. Dubai is planning to come up with the first 3D printed building of the world.
The building is being built as a partnership between WinSun Global and Dubai government with help of major engineering firm Gensler and Thornton Thomasetti. It is the first step taken in the direction of the ‘Museum of the Future’ initiative. The UAE National Innovation Committee expects that the building will put Dubai on the world map as a country most advanced in the field of technology use in architectural engineering. A 20 foot tall 3D printer will be used to emboss breathtakingly beautiful 3D prints on this office building. The entire building will be precast and then assembled on the site afterwards.
Besides the exterior facade, the interior design and other structural components will also be built with the 3D printing technology. Major components of the technology include Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG). This is going to be the first module of a 3D printed architecture at such a big scale.
Architectural experts opine that such technology can reduce the construction time by 50-70 percent. The labour cost and construction waste will also be substantially reduced through this method. This is in relation to the country’s innovation strategy and aims at improving people’s lives and developing the country’s economy through affordable and technologically advanced means.
It is a major step in the direction of tech-savvy buildings and architectures. Along with the 3D printing technology, the building incorporates the latest inputs from expert researchers and architects from around the world. It will bring together professionals from different fields under the same roof through a mix of public events. In the field of technologically advanced buildings, this is first step of many.
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