In a significant leap towards futuristic construction, a 3D-printed gatehouse has been inaugurated at the entrance of Dubai’s Tilal Al Furjan residential community. This cutting-edge structure, serving as the control center for Nakheel’s residential complex, aims to familiarize the public with the possibilities of 3D-printed buildings.

Printstone3D: Pioneering 3D Printing Technology

Dubai-based 3D printing technology company, Printstone3D, played a pivotal role in the project. The gatehouse features a canopy three times the size of the building itself and incorporates a communications hub with CCTV cameras and utility meters. Notably, it accommodates over 90 cables and pipes of varying functionalities and diameters within a confined space.

Revolutionizing Residential Construction

Printstone3D’s CEO, Nikolay Kudryashov, highlighted the company’s focus on one to two-story residential buildings. The 3D printing process for villas ranging from 120 square meters to larger one-story villas takes two weeks to a month, with plans for six to eight-story buildings underway.

Swift Construction and Minimal Workforce

Completed in a mere 20 days, the gatehouse project involved a minimal team of three: a printer operator, mixing machine operator, and a labor assistant. Kudryashov emphasized the efficiency of 3D printing, significantly reducing the need for a large construction team, thereby cutting costs and promoting eco-friendliness.

Dubai’s Ambitious 3D Printing Goals

Dubai aims to have 25% of its buildings constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030. The Planning and Development Department Trakhees, a regulatory body of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, issued the first license for 3D printing technology for buildings in Dubai.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem’s Vision

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of the PCFC, explained the revolutionary nature of 3D printing technology, relying on a robotic arm to directly print layers of cement-based material onto a prepared surface. This approach not only reduces labor costs by up to 80% but also shortens construction project durations by 60%.

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