James is here to set the record straight this week. Challenging a factually inaccurate news report, and giving us a little background about what’s going on with buildings and 3D printing in Dubai.
Alternative Facts, Buildings and 3D Printing
This was a week that British journalism did not come off too well, after reporting the death of a couple in San Francisco because of carbon monoxide fumes from their 3D Printer. Not only was this wrong, but it was the most socially shared piece about 3D Printing globally this week. Over 13,000 social shares this week means that “alternative facts” have hit this wonderful sector.
While investigations are still ongoing, it sounds as if their printers weren’t running the night that the couple sadly died (in a report by 3D Printing Industry) and that the printers the Mail had quoted don’t even exist.
Buildings and 3D Printing
Moving on from a sad story to one that is perhaps based a little more on fact, though the statement put out in April of 2016 that Dubai would be 3D Printing 25% of its buildings by 2025, may have seemed quite alternative at the time. Having said that, they are starting to deliver on their promise.
This dream of Dubai’s seems one step closer this week with the announcement that a construction firm, specialising in 3D printed buildings, is moving its headquarters to Dubai.
Cazza Construction is moving from the US to Dubai. Perhaps what is more astounding is that the company is run by a teenager. Having sold his previous venture (Appsitude), he has already built a team of engineers around himself to build out what has been termed the “Mintank”.
The Minitank is claimed to be able to lay upwards of 200sqm of concrete every day – that is 50% faster than current methods.
Jack Cheng, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The Hong Kong University stated “I think it’s real, practical technologically. It’s possible to print an entire city but, of course, it will depend on the speed. Concrete is not something — like plastic — that’s hard immediately when it prints. Concrete takes time to solidify”
Personally, I find this a particularly exciting project and believe the potential for 3D Printing in Construction is a hugely open area for future innovation.