AUS, Cybe's SRTI Park 3D-printed house the 'perfect triple helix'
SRTI Park says 3D-printed structure, due to open by Q3 2019, will be 'perfect case study' of triple helix innovation model
Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) said its upcoming 3D-printed home – due to be built by American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Cybe Construction by Q3 2019 – would be a “perfect case study of triple helix”, a business model that aims to foster innovation through collaboration between academia, industry, and government entities.
SRTI Park is collaborating with AUS and the Dutch technology provider to develop the home, which has been designed with Emirati influences.
AUS is working on the development of the project’s technology, with a group of students from its engineering faculty to delivered training from faculty members and researchers from specialised companies such as Meet, which helps build 3D-printed structures.
SRTI Park’s chief executive officer, HE Hussain Al Mahmoudi, said the project was being developed to support industrial growth as the cost of traditional construction increases and options are required to easily deliver complex designs quickly and within budget.
He added in a statement: “In order to become a regional development center for 3D printing construction, we aim to create a suitable research and development environment for the private, academic, and public sector to benefit.”