Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract for a building to be constructed entirely from 3D printing.
The building will be a laboratory at the research & development centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It will conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technology.
It will be the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite and the first 3D-printed laboratory in the world.
The contract has been awarded to Dubai-based Convrgnt Value Engineering following a tender.
“3D printed building technology is not only new to the Gulf but also the world and we are fortunate to be at the forefront with this project,” said Vibin Paul from Convrgnt.
He said the building will be printed “using a system of robotic arms at the desert location. The risks of working in an unshielded open environment have to be addressed and the logistics accurately controlled during the printing operation.”
The laboratory will conduct research on the use of drones to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency, credibility, and lower their cost, as well as study and test different photovoltaic technologies.
DEWA has been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission, and distribution systems.