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UAE's first 3D printing patent filed for construction moulds

Immensa has submitted the patent for the production process of its reusable moulds, which can be used to cast concrete, cement, and gypsum

Dubai's Immensa has filed to patent-protect its production method for construction and fit-out moulds.
Dubai's Immensa has filed to patent-protect its production method for construction and fit-out moulds.

A UAE-based company has become the country’s first in line for a patent, which relates to moulds that can be used for concrete and other aggregates.

Immensa Technology Company has submitted the patent for its “proprietary method” of producing the mould through 3D printing. The reusable mould is expected to “revolutionise the way regional construction companies and engineering firms approach urban design”.

Additionally, using the mould also “allows for a wide array of creative applications while negating the burdens involved with current available methods”, Immensa said in a statement.

Edem Dugenboo and Elias El Dik, engineers at Immensa, developed the mould’s production process by combining various 3D printed technologies. These moulds can be used by fit-out and construction companies to cast concrete, cement, and gypsum in complex shapes at a quicker pace than they would with traditional methods.

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Commenting on the product’s ideation, Dugenboo said: “We came upon the process for this mould while working on various projects related to concrete casting.

“After facing many challenges, we utilised a unique process that comprised a number of different elements and individual processes to come up with a full and effective solution using 3D printers.”

El Dik added: “Immensa works closely with its partners on construction-related [research and development] projects, and we believe there are many applicable uses for 3D printing in the sector.

“This process is still nascent and the possibilities for its use are just revealing themselves to us.”

Fahmi Al-Shawwa, chief executive officer of Immensa, said the patent application is in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Dubai 3D Printing Strategy.

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