Work on world’s first 3D-printed skyscraper to begin in Dubai by 2023

24 October 2017

Cazza has revealed plans to begin constructing the world’s first 3D-printed skyscraper in Dubai within the next five years.

The 3D-printing company’s CEO, Chris Kelsey, who has designed the 3D-printed structure, will reveal further details of the record-breaking project at The Big 5 Dubai 2017 exhibition in November.

He said: “3D printing means a total disruption [in terms of] how we build with concrete,” said Kelsey. “We are no longer bound to straight shapes or to moulds, nor labour-intensive methods that represent safety risks for workers. We are able to design any shape that you can think of, increasing creativity and pushing the limits of architecture.

“Using topology optimisation and the freedom given by 3D printing with design, we can make longer structures using less material,” Kelsey added, emphasising the related environmental benefits of the technology.

Kelsey stated that he is committed to supporting the emirate’s vision to 3D-print 25% of all of its buildings by 2030, and to ensure that 30% of regional construction companies are using his company’s technology within the next five years.

“We are now able to make structures that blend with the environment,” Cazza’s CEO told The Big 5’s organisers. “We can easily create structures that take advantage of the local wind flow, provide natural cooling for the interior, save energy, and reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings.

“3D printing has the capacity to make a square or a circle at the same cost – we are here facing a new paradigm, where we are not bound by complexity but by approach,” he commented.

Kelsey will deliver his presentation ‘Tomorrow is Here: Discover First Hand All You Need to Know About 3D Printing in Construction’ during The Big 5 2017’s Excellence in Construction Summit on 26 November. 

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