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UAE ministry to build first federal facility using 3D printing

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The Al Madam Court and District Attorney’s Office in Sharjah are among the first government facilities to be built utilizing 3D printing technology, according to the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI).

This step, according to Yousef Abdullah, Assistant Under-Secretary for Federal Infrastructure Projects Sector at the MoEI, is part of the ministry’s efforts to capitalize on Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, particularly 3D printing, to help the country achieve sustainability and reduce construction waste.

He noted that the ministry’s goal is to promote the concepts of innovation and sustainable development by utilizing modern smart technologies to strengthen the country’s leadership position in infrastructure projects.

“The use of 3D printing technology, which is the first of its kind in terms of constructing federal buildings,” Abdullah explained, “would lower construction costs by 50% and waste by more than 60%, significantly impacting the sector’s economic return and helping to protect environmental resources.”

He described the use of 3D printing in the construction of government buildings as a watershed moment in the construction industry.

He emphasized that the ministry is eager to use locally accessible materials that are known for their efficient levels of insulation, such as printing the walls in an innovative engineering style to take advantage of areas in a sustainable manner.

Electricity, water, communications, and air conditioning are among the innovative solutions being deployed, he added.

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