A recently completed project in Dubai lends credence to the latest technology from the R&Drone Laboratory. It is a lab that conducts research on drones and 3D printing technologies. This lab didn’t just research 3D printing technologies but has put the 3D printing technology to use to construct the building itself.
The lab was 100% 3D printed onsite, a first for a building in the UAE, and, according to CyBe Construction, a first for the world, as well.
The facility is based at the Solar Park as part of the Research and Development Centre. Due to the size of some of the elements of the laboratory, CyBe Construction, a Dutch company responsible for the engineering and 3D Concrete printing of the facility, transported the CyBe RC 3Dprinter to the location in Dubai. This device is able to move on caterpillar tracks to allow for the printing of large building components onsite.
Image courtesy of CyBe Construction.
Using the 3D printing for the building onsite significantly reduced transportation costs and completion period for the project. A building like the R&Drone Laboratory typically takes up to a couple of months to build using the traditional construction methods. By using onsite 3D printing, the facility was completed within three weeks. Additionally, 3D Concrete printing is more environmentally friendly because it reduces CO2 emissions and waste.