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Six must-have construction tech tools

by CW Staff on May 17, 2015


Drones can be used to monitor construction sites. Image Courtesy: Siemens
Drones can be used to monitor construction sites. Image Courtesy: Siemens

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3D Printing

American sitcom The Big Bang Theory shed light on 3D printing’s fascinating abilities to mould just about anything out of the right materials with a compatible printer in 2013, and global construction markets seem to have caught on since.

In January 2015, tech website CNET reported Chinese firm WinSun had completed the construction of a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre (11,840 square foot) villa using a 3D printer. WinSun had, in March 2014, also constructed 10 “full-sized houses within just one day”, according to Chinese news website Xinhuanet.

While yet to find serious investors in the GCC market, 3D printing has found uptake with international firms such as Arup and Autodesk, who have considerable projects in the region. Arup recently announced it has used 3D printing techniques to create structural elements which could reduce the overall weight of a total structure by 40%.

Salomé Galjaard, team leader at Arup says, "In the case of this particular piece, the height is approximately half that of one designed for traditional production methods, while the direct weight reduction per node is 75%. But the really exciting part is that this technique can potentially be applied to any industry that uses complex, high quality, metal products."

Reduction of material wastage has been touted as one of 3D printing’s greatest advantages, but the GCC’s fast-paced construction industry may do well by using 3D printers to accomplish its targets at increased speed with reduced project costs.

See the process behind WinSun’s record of 3D printing 10 houses here:



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