Sharjah university hosts workshop to promote 3D printing research
The robotics and 3D printing in the construction industry workshop is in line with AUSE’s commitment to boost scientific and technical innovations that support Sharjah’s efforts in building a knowledge-based economy
The American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and American University of Sharjah (AUS) recently held a three-day workshop on robotics and 3D printing in the construction industry to present potential opportunities in research and development in construction.
The workshop was held at the university where AUS senior students showcased some of their best 3D printing projects.
The robotics and 3D printing in the construction industry workshop is in line with AUSE’s commitment to boost scientific and technical innovations that support Sharjah’s efforts in building a knowledge-based economy.
It also helped introduce how robotics and automation can help increase cost-effectiveness and reduce labour requirements and construction waste.
With propsects for the 3D printing market within construction growing at a rapid pace, market studies have revealed several benefits to the adoption of these new technologies.
In fact, studies show that robotics and 3D printing for the sector can cut labour requirements by 50%, construction timeframe by 50% to 70%, and industry waste by 70%.
Finland’s Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK), which is Sharjah’s key partner in business development and setting up of a world-class innovation ecosystem for the emirate, presented an innovation management approach highlighting its ‘LAB model’.
The presentation underscored the breakthroughs that must be achieved before 3D printing can become commercially viable for making concrete, such as the formulation of a concrete that is suitable for regional environment that is hot and humid, digitization of the construction process, and building of horizontal structures through 3D printing.
OAMK and AUSE earlier signed an agreement which paved the way for the introduction of the Finnish university’s LABs learning model in the UAE.
The three-day workshop hosted participants from both the public and private construction sector.