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| 19 February, 2018

Future of construction is here: Dubai to unveil first 3D-printed villa soon

The technology would be used to build villas in a government housing programme.

FILE IMAGE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stands in front of the the first world functional 3D printed offices during the official opening in Dubai May 23, 2016.

FILE IMAGE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stands in front of the the first world functional 3D printed offices during the official opening in Dubai May 23, 2016.

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Dubai will see its first 3D-printed villa in two months, Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of the Dubai Municipality, told the Emarat Al Youm daily.

The technology would be used to build villas in a government housing programme.

3D printing will reduce construction costs and shorten delivery timeframes. The technology is expected to disrupt the construction industry.

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According to Dubai's 3D Printing Strategy, 25 per cent of all buildings in Dubai will be 3D printed by 2030.

The Dubai Municipality has brought all the necessary tools and equipment to build the villa, said Lootah.

"3D printing is a disruptive technology, one that promises to upend the entire real estate industry. Currently, the process is still more expensive than conventional building methods; moreover it is in its embryonic stages, being able to accommodate only rudimentary designs. However, within a 10 to 15-year time frame, it appears likely that this form of 'printing' will start to replace existing methods of construction," said Sameer Lakhani, managing director of Global Capital Partners.

A Dubai-based startup, Cazza, had announced in February last year that it would build the world's first 3D-printed skyscraper.

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