3DXB Group Sets Guinness World Record for Largest 3D-Printed Villa in Dubai

3DXB Group, a leading innovator in 3D printing solutions for the construction industry, unveiled its achievement in making the world’s largest 3D-printed villa in Dubai. This groundbreaking project signifies a pivotal moment in the UAE construction sector.

3D printing solutions for the construction industry

“3DXB Group continues to redefine industry norms in Dubai by building this first-ever 3D-printed villa. Aligned with the visionary decree No. (24) of 2021 issued by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 3DXB GROUP is committed to supporting the country’s ambitious goal of constructing 25% of buildings using 3D printing technology by 2030,” said Badar Rashid AlBlooshi, Chairman, 3DXB GROUP. “This global achievement wouldn’t have been attained without the vision and guidance of His Highness and the instrumental support of our government partners.”

“At 3DXB, we are driven by a passion for sustainability and a desire to transform the construction industry through eco-friendly 3D printing solutions,” he added. “Our mission is to drive positive change in the industry through innovation and responsible practices.”

3D printing solutions for the construction industry

The Guinness World Record was achieved by printing a four-meter-high residential villa in one seamless session, located in the Al Awir 1 area of Dubai. The villa, boasting an overall built-up area of 300 sqm is set to become a symbol of technological prowess and sustainable construction practices. The entire structure of the villa is crafted from locally sourced concrete, embodying a commitment to sustainable practices.

“This Guinness World Record is not just about the sheer height of the structure, but also about the innovative approach of printing a four-meter-high building in one session,” pointed out AlBlooshi. “It is a matter of pride for us to be at the forefront of technological advancements in construction, contributing to the realization of Dubai’s 3D Printing Strategy 2030.”

3D printing solutions for the construction industry

Dubai’s 3D Printing Strategy aims to achieve a minimum rate of 25% implementation of 3D printed buildings in the Emirate by 2030. The strategy not only fosters innovation but also offers economic and environmental benefits, including lower construction costs, reduced construction time, and the utilization of sustainable and recycled materials.

3DXB offers complete solution for 3D printing technology in construction. As a leading innovator, 3DXB Group has undertaken various initiatives in 3D printing technology, including construction engineering consultancy, construction contracting, and the manufacturing of concrete for construction.

3D printing solutions for the construction industry

3DXB provides specialized 3D printers designed for large-scale construction projects, featuring robotic arms or gantry systems for precise material deposition. It develops and supplies specialized materials suitable for 3D printing in construction, including cementitious mixtures, additives, polymers, and composites that meet structural integrity and printability requirements. 3DXB also offers sophisticated software and design tools to generate digital models and convert them into printable files, either through proprietary solutions or collaborations with existing software providers.

Moreover, 3DXB, in partnership with Dubai Municipality and universities, offers comprehensive technical support, training, and consultancy services to assist construction firms in adopting and implementing 3D printing technology. This includes machine setup, troubleshooting, maintenance, and guidance on best practices. 3DXB collaborates with universities and government entities to invest in research and development, aiming to enhance their technologies and advance the capabilities of 3D printing in the construction industry.

3D printing solutions for the construction industry

To surpass existing limits in building height and complexity, 3DXB in the 3D printing technology for construction sector employs specific strategies:
  • Develops or uses advanced printing techniques, such as Maxi Printer robotic arms, to construct taller and larger-scale structures.
  • Implementation of reinforcement strategies, such as steel reinforcements or post-tensioning systems, enhances the strength and stability of 3D-printed structures, surpassing height limitations.
  • Improvements in construction materials, like stronger concrete mixtures or high-performance polymers, contribute to surpassing height limits by offering enhanced load-bearing capacities and structural properties.
  • By optimizing the design and geometry of 3D-printed structures using computational tools and engineering expertise, companies maximize the strength-to-weight ratio and ensure efficient material usage and structural performance.
  • Companies collaborate closely with regulatory authorities and building code organizations to address the challenges and limitations of 3D printing in construction. This collaboration helps shape regulations that enable the construction of taller 3D-printed buildings while ensuring safety and compliance.
It’s important to consider that surpassing specific height limitations with 3D printing technology depends on factors such as local building regulations, technological advancements, and the expertise of companies like 3DXB.
ICCT, January- February 2024
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