Dubai could become one of the leading hubs for 3D printing in the next 14 years.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has officially launched the “Dubai 3D Printing Strategy”. This will see around 25% of all buildings in Dubai 3D printed by 2030, worth around $300billion in the next 15 years.
It is estimated that the emirate will plan to increase this percentage with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand.
Sheikh Mohammed has stated that the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and to also promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as one of the leading hubs for 3D printing technology.
The three major sectors that the strategy will focus on are: Construction, Medical Products and Consumer Products.
The technology will help create added economic value and will have benefits worth billions of dollars.
“The future will depend on 3D printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat,” Sheikh Mohammed.
It has been reported that 3D printing technology will hopefully cut construction costs by up to 50-70% and labour costs by 50-80%.
After a short few months after the announcement was made, Dubai Holding, one of the emirate’s three big conglomerates, launched the International Centre for 3D Printing, in Dubai Industrial City.
This isn’t the first time Dubai has decided to put its money towards 3D printing technology. Last year the emirate’s civil defence commissioned the development of 20 3D printed jetpacks, designed to be used by fire fighters. Each of these jetpacks was made at a cost of $250,000.
Another design that was created in Dubai using 3D printing was smartphone-charging Smart Palms as well as one of the world’s first printed candy stores.
3D printing is beginning to take off and the idea of buildings being 3D printed doesn’t seem that far-fetched anymore. Soon you won’t be able to tell the difference between buildings that have been 3D printed to ones that are built without using 3D printing techniques.