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The American University in Dubai (AUD) has announced the establishment of a scientific research centre for 3D printing concrete buildings. Called The Center for 3D Concrete Printing and Digital Construction, it is reportedly the first of its kind in the Middle East. 3DVinci Creations, a 3D printing service bureau based in Dubai, will supply the AUD center with a 3D printer as part of a cooperation agreement between the two entities. Arabtec Construction Company and Robert Bird Group, a global engineering consultancy firm, are also part of the agreement.
The Center will be built on the AUD campus, and aims to establish a consortium to drive the use of 3D printing concrete technology in construction within MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Edouard - Baaklini - CEO - Creations - Cooperation
Edouard Baaklini, CEO of 3DVinci Creations, commented “With this cooperation agreement, we aim to perform strategic analyses of the present and future capabilities of 3D Concrete Printing and of digitally-driven construction systems.”
3DVinci Creations delivering a 3D printing workshop at AUD. Photo via AUD.
Center - Concrete - Printing - Digital - Construction
The Center for 3D Concrete Printing and Digital Construction will focus on researching innovative processes and developing products, materials, tools and business models for 3D printing.
In order to push its 3D printing research forward in the center, AUD will gather various individuals and entities from academic, industry and government fields. Furthermore, the university plans to run various educational and training workshops/seminars in 3D concrete printing for both local and regional communities.
Students - AUD - Faculty - Engineering - Architecture
Students of AUD, the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, and researchers from 3DVinci Creations, Arabtec and Robert Bird will be able to use the services of the Center. AUD hope that this will help boost the development and adoption of specifications for 3D printing processes. The university will also promote a ‘3D printing culture’ in the construction industry with...
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