ACCIONA, Spain’s leading sustainable infrastructure solutions have presented its 3D printing pieces made entirely at the ACCIONA’s 3D printing lab in Dubai.
The on-going 3D Emerging Technologies exhibition in Dubai is the largest Middle East’s event for the additive manufacturing industry. The exhibition that opened on October 11 is held at the Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park Headquarters and will bring together 3D industry leaders, government ministers and academics. The main goal of this exhibition is to foster long-term collaboration in the ever-expanding 3D printing field.
Luis Clemente, ACCIONA 3D Concrete Printing Business COO, said: “We are very grateful to have the opportunity of showing some of our iconic 3D printed pieces to the general public at this event. The exhibition is going to give us the opportunity to identify innovative ideas, launch revolutionary new products, and strike diverse partnerships and business agreements.”
3D printing, which is also known as the additive manufacturing, build the part up layer by layer from the material supplied as a fine powder. There are different materials used, including metals, plastics and composite materials. One of the benefits using 3D printing is it includes less waste, fewer CO2 emissions and total freedom of design.
Largest 3D Printer
ACCIONA operates the largest fully functional concrete 3D printer under the world leveraging Powder Bed technology. This printer is designed for manufacturing pieces with complex shapes, which requires structural resistance. The system works with concrete as the raw material, making it the ideal solution for the use in architecture and urban planning.
For the exhibition purpose, ACCIONA chose the Ras Al Khor Industrial Area for installing its 3D printing hub for supporting its Dubai 3D Printing Strategy.
The Global Printing Center
On November 2019, ACCIONA inaugurated its new 3D printing centre in Dubai. The company selected its 3D printing centre in Dubai to support UAE’s commitment to implement the technology for the construction sector. This includes Dubai’s vision 2025, where more than 25 percent of new buildings components will be manufacture using 3D printing for the next 6 yrs.
Investment towards 3D Printing
ACCIONA, over the years, has demonstrated its investment and interest in 3D printing for construction. The technology offers a sustainable method to produce complex concrete building elements using less energy and resources.
The company also collaborated with Spain’s National Archaeological Museum to 3D print 2.2m tall archway for its museum’s garden.
Before ACCIONA, different 3D companies implemented additive manufacturing facilities in Dubai. Concretive, a concrete additive manufacturing start-up from the European construction company, then Freyssinet, established its first 3d printing facility in June 2019.On March 2020, ACCIONA claimed to have built region’s first bus stop using 3D printed technology in the Emirate of Ajman.
The bus stop weighs almost 3 tonnes and is 4.5m long, 2m wide and 2.3m high. According to the company, it took less than 10 hours to get printed.
ACCIONA 3D concrete printing chief operating officer Luis Clemente said: “This project allows us to showcase another way of applying 3D concrete printing technology: making iconic, innovative and sustainable urban street fittings. It is also the first to be carried out using Powder Bed technology in the Middle East.”