The UAE's American University of Sharjah (AUS) will develop Sharjah’s first 3D printed house at the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), which will feature a traditional design and be completed in 2019.
AUS offers education on 3D concrete printing, or 3DCP, as part of its MSc programme in civil engineering, and is working with agencies such as Middle East Engineering Technologies to further research in the area.
The 3D printed Sharjah project's launch comes after AUS's professor of civil engineering, Dr Adil Al Tamimi, was invited by SRTI Park's chief executive officer, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, to join a workshop on 3DCP, led by the Finnish Oulu University, and included AUS's students developing a special concrete mixture suitable for robotic production.
Commenting on the development, Al Tamimi said: “I have been teaching 3DCP as a theoretical concept with the aim to motivate our students to explore new innovation in the construction industry.
"The students in this course usually design, produce and evaluate some innovative sustainable concretes similar to 3DCP as part of the course.
"They will now be able to put their classroom learning into real-life applications and get hands-on training through this collaboration,” he added, according to Construction Week's sister title Smart Cities Arabia.