Acciona launches world's largest operational 3D printer in Dubai

The printer - 36m3 in size - will be used to render architectural, urban, and building solutions using concrete as a base material

Acciona launches world's largest operational 3D printer in Dubai
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Acciona launches world's largest operational 3D printer in Dubai

Spanish contractor Acciona, which focuses on sustainable infrastructure solutions, has inaugurated a 3D printing centre in Dubai, comprising the world’s largest operational 3D printer using powder-bed technology, to meet the growing demand for 3D printed infrastructure in the UAE.

The printer, which is 36m3 in size, is suitable for the generation of high-resistance structural parts, and can be used to render architectural, urban, and building solutions using concrete as a base material.

The 3D technology offers freedom of architectural and urban design; allows automation of construction processes; and even opens avenues to scientifically document heritage items and make replicas from digital copies.

Acciona has already built the first footbridge in the world made using 3D printing in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, as well as the first architectural piece of cultural heritage made on a real scale using 3D printing on concrete – the Romanesque arch of San Pedro de las Dueñas, in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Spain


Concrete 3D printed Romanesque arch of San Pedro de las Dueñas

Acciona’s 3D printing facility is also in line with Dubai’s 3D Printing Strategy that aims to make the emirate a 3D printing hub by 2030 by creating strategic development plans for cost reduction, productivity, and performance improvement while mitigating the environmental impact of construction.

Among the concrete initiatives included in the Strategy is the introduction of a law that requires 25% of building components to be manufactured with 3D technology by 2025.

Commenting on the launch of the centre, Middle East managing director, Jesús Sancho, said: “The arrival of the world´s largest 3D printing machine in Dubai's Ras Al Khor Industrial Area represents the availability of this revolutionary and unique technology in the GCC. At Acciona, we are always pursuing the development of new and advanced know-how within our global goal to achieve a better planet."

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