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Dubai claims world’s largest 3D-printed building

Apis Cor 3D-printed the walls of the two-storey administrative building for the municipality of Dubai.

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3D printing equipment manufacturer Apis Cor recently completed what it says is the world’s largest 3D-printed building to date, standing at 31 feet tall, over an area of more than 6,889 square feet.

 

Apis Cor 3D-printed the walls for the two-storey administrative building for the municipality of Dubai. The insulation, roof, foundation and windows were installed using traditional building methods.

 

The municipal building stands at 31 feet tall, over an area of more than 6,889 square feet.

 

Using Apis Cor’s 3D printer, the structure of the building was built floor-by-floor directly on-site without any extra assembly works. The 3D printer is mobile and was moved around the construction site by crane.

 

The construction process took place in an uncovered area, meaning elements such as temperature and humidity were uncontrolled. Apis Cor conducted extensive R&D to test the equipment and develop materials tailored for Dubai’s harsh climatic conditions.

 

Dubai’s designs on 3D printing

 

Apis Cor’s strapline is “We print buildings” and the company has even pledged to become the first to start 3D-printing buildings on Mars and the Moon.

 

Nikita Cheniuntai, CEO & Founder of Apis Cor, said: “Construction 3D printing technology is only at the early stages of development. We do extensive R&D work to make the technology available for mass use.

 

“We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with Dubai Municipality. The project gave us unique knowledge and invaluable experience that will help us improve our technology and develop a new version of our 3D printer.”

 

"This project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry."

 

He added that the next version of the printer will be more reliable and twice as fast.

 

“Moreover, during the project we tested and improved our own-developed 3D mixture. This project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry," Cheniuntai said.

 

Dubai is aiming for a quarter of its buildings to be created using 3D printing by 2030. From 2025, every new building in Dubai will be 25 per cent 3D-printed.

 

 

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