3D Printing Milestone

In a remarkable achievement, Dubai-based Nakheel has successfully completed the 3D printing process for the Al Furjan Hills project within a mere 20 days from the initiation of construction operations.

Regulatory Approval and Strategic Commitment

The Planning and Development Department of Trakhees, a regulatory body under the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), issued the inaugural license for construction employing 3D printing technology to Nakheel in December 2023.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem’s Vision

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, underscores the commitment to implementing Decree No. (24) of 2021, regulating 3D printing use in Dubai’s construction sector. The goal is to drive economic growth, promote environmental sustainability, and bolster urban development through innovative solutions, including strategic collaborations with real estate developers like Nakheel.

Advocacy and Compliance

Bin Sulayem highlights Trakhees’ role in championing the adoption of 3D printing technology in Dubai’s construction projects, aligning with the emirate’s target of having 25 percent of its buildings constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030. The regulatory body’s dedication is evident in the issuance of permits and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Bin Sulayem on 3D Printing Technology

Bin Sulayem emphasizes the eco-friendly nature of 3D printing technology, utilizing a robotic arm to print cement-based layers directly onto a surface, contrasting with traditional concrete pouring methods. The technology aligns with Dubai’s objectives, reducing the environmental impact of construction while offering quick and cost-effective project completion.

CEO Belhoul on Revolutionary Impact

Abdullah Belhoul, CEO of the Department of Planning and Development at Trakhees, highlights the revolutionary impact of 3D printing technology on the construction industry. The technology provides architects with new opportunities for rapid and precise structure creation, aligning with Dubai’s vision of becoming a leading logistics and commercial hub in the region.

Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency

Belhoul emphasizes the cost-effectiveness of 3D printing technology, reducing labor costs by 80 percent due to its programmable and automated nature. This not only accelerates construction projects but also enhances efficiency, meeting the growing demands of urban development in Dubai.

Future Integration and Compliance Assurance

Trakhees remains committed to collaborating with stakeholders to integrate 3D printing technology into the ‘Dubai Building Code.’ The objective is to ensure compliance with approved regulations and technical standards, facilitating the implementation of construction projects using advanced techniques aligned with global standards.

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