Dubai Govt, US startup to team up for 3D printingby Paromita Dey on Dec 27, 2016
The Dubai Government is set to collaborate with US-based startup, Cazza Construction Technologies, to aid 3D printing in the country through the company's construction automation technologies.
According to the 'Dubai 3D Printing Strategy', which was launched by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum in April this year, 25% of the buildings in the emirate will be based on 3D printing technology by 2030, and this percentage will rise with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand.
Chris Kelsey, CEO of the Silicon Valley-based startup, said: “We were one of many groups invited to showcase our technologies in Dubai. The government has been looking around the world, whether it was companies from the Netherlands, China, Russia, or the USA to see the upcoming technologies involving construction automation and 3D printing.
"Out of all of the groups they’d seen online or spoken with, they were most fascinated with the capabilities of our unique machines.”
Using 3D printing concrete minitanks that can build a three-storey house in two days and other innovative technologies, Kelsey claims that they are in Dubai " to revolutionise the construction industry". "While the specifics of our technologies will only be revealed to close partners, the capabilities of our machines would enable a potential labour cost reduction of up to 90% while allowing construction companies to rapidly build houses and buildings," he continued.
Cazza's COO, Fernando De Los Rios, added that the company will soon begin to bring its engineers from across the world to start working in Dubai and the surrounding areas.
Although the details of its upcoming 3D printing projects and its local partners will be revealed in early 2017, Kelsey mentioned that the self-funded startup is already in talks with well-known developers and government agencies in Dubai to join hands for 3D printing.
Dubai leads the way for 3D printing with the opening of the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed office building. Located next to Emirates Towers, The Office of the Future caters to the Dubai Future Foundation, which is a research body responsible for helping the emirate develop new technologies.
Following this, Dubai will see a host of other high-profile 3D-printed projects, like the Museum of the Future, DEWA's 3D-printed labs in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park, and various other initiatives by Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).