How do you feel walking in a 3D-printed skyscraper?
Well, Dubai always does the impossible. Just today, Dubai-based construction firm Cazza has announced that it will be building another skyscraper in the city – while that’s not exactly exciting news, it’s the way they’re building it is what making the headlines.
The company is planning to utilize 3D printing in building the skyscraper using a technique called ‘crane printing’. This will see normal cranes retrofitted with specific units that will allow it to ‘print’ buildings up to 80 meters high. It is known that the main core structure of the building will be made the same way (for safety purposes of course) but the rest will be 3D-printed.
“When we first thought of implementing 3D printing technologies, we were mostly thinking of houses and low-rise buildings. Developers kept asking us if it was possible to build a 3D printed skyscraper. This led us to begin researching how we could adapt the technologies for taller structures. Through our technologies, we will be able to build architecturally complex buildings at never-before seen speeds. It is all about economies of scale where the initial high technology costs will reduce as we enter the mass-production phase,” CEO of Cazza, Chris Kelsey, said in a statement.
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