After completion, the Dubai Municipality will be the biggest 3D printed structure. It will stand tall at 9.5 meters and an area of 640sqm. The work is done by Apis Cor, a company based in the United States. The building was directly constructed on-location.
Apis Cor, is the premier firm to create functional devices for additive manufacturing in the building sector. It finished the 3D printed partition constructions of a two-story executive structure for the Dubai Municipality.
The novel 3D printer utilized enabled the building to be constructed straight in place. This is minus any additional assembly activities. Stretched over 640 sq. meters, the whole area of the building is bigger than the printing space open when the Apis Cor’s 3D printer is motionless.
The mobile engine drove throughout the site by elevator, for it to reach the entire printed space, bigger than its usual reach. Only 3 operators and the engine were required to 3D print partition structures of the whole building. The building is situated in severe environmental circumstances for additive manufacturing material.
As a result, the Apis Cor 3D printer could carry out extensive R&D committed to examining the machine under severe climatic settings. This is while improving the 3D printing stuff.
“Construction 3D printing technology is only at the early stages of development. We do extensive R&D work to make the technology available for mass use. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with Dubai Municipality. The project gave us unique knowledge and invaluable experience that will help us improve our technology and develop a new version of our 3D printer,” says Nikita Cheniuntai, CEO&Founder of Apis Cor
“The improved version will be more reliable and time-efficient (twice as fast). Moreover, during the project, we tested and improved our own-developed 3D mixture. This project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry,” she added.
The base of the building is an old construction while partitions are 3D printed and reinforcement in place are 3d printed formwork. They are for columns hand-filled with rebar and regular concrete.
The 3D printing supplies used in this venture is gypsum-based blend created by Apis Cor and created locally.