Acciona, a leading company in sustainable infrastructure solutions, inaugurated in Dubai a new global 3D printing center to meet the growing demand for 3D printed infrastructure.
The new facilities feature the World's largest operational 3D printer using Powder Bed technology. This technology is particularly suitable for generating highly resistant structural parts. In addition, the technique uses concrete as base material, which renders it an ideal solution for architectural, urban and building applications.
The printer, with 6x3x2 meters in size, allows greater efficiency and automation of the construction processes. The 3D technology offers a freedom of architectural and urban design that had previously been unthinkable. It also opens the way to scientifically documenting heritage items and making replicas from their digital copies, which enables the public to contemplate identical reproductions.
Acciona's new production facility is the culmination of an internal development process in the Innovation area starting in 2016, which has enabled the technology to be fine-tuned for commercial use.
During this process, Acciona achieved milestones such as the first footbridge in the world made using 3D printing, in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain), or the first architectural piece of cultural heritage made on a real scale using 3D printing on concrete, the Romanesque arch of San Pedro de las Dueñas, in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Spain (MAN).
Acciona has chosen Dubai to install its 3D printing center in order to support the Emirate's commitment to deploying this technology in all economic fields and, specifically, in the construction sector.
The "Dubai 3D Printing Strategy" is integrated into the Emirate's strategic development plan for cost reduction, productivity and performance improvement of products and environmental impact mitigation. The Strategy aims to make Dubai a world-class 3D printing hub by the year 2030.
Among the concrete initiatives included in the Strategy is the introduction of a new law under which 25% of new buildings' components must be manufactured with 3D technology by 2025.
Jesús Sancho, Acciona Middle East Managing Director, stated that ‘the arrival of the World´s largest 3D printing machine in Dubai´s Ras Al Khor Industrial Area represents the availability of this revolutionary and unique technology in the GCC. At Acciona, we are always pursuing the development of new and advanced know-how within our global goal to achieve a better planet”.