On-site 3D concrete printing

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has built a laboratory for drones in Dubai. The R&Drone-laboratory building was built using 3D concrete printing technology. Witteveen+Bos took care of the design and engineering of this building. Despite the absence of standards for 3D printed concrete structures, Witteveen+Bos was able to demonstrate that the structure is safe, thus all the necessary building permits could be obtained. The R&Drone-laboratory is the first utility building printed on location by 3D concrete printing.

In addition, for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit at the end of March 2017, a collaboration was started with Dubai-based prefab supplier Dubox. A live demonstration of 3D concrete printing was performed. Witteveen+Bos developed the mobile 3D concrete printing laboratory for Dubox and designed and manufactured the various objects that were printed during the Summit.

We invest in the development and application of 3D printing in the construction sector and want to understand and apply innovative production techniques in projects. That is why we are also a partner in the multi-year 3D concrete print research of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Many interesting initiatives and collaborations have already been established in the field of 3D concrete printing. We expect these to lead to a wide and international range of projects in this area.

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