In recent years, 3D-printing technology has been employed to construct a range of structures, including houses, offices and even bridges. Now, Dubai is poised to embark on the ambitious project of crafting the world's first 3D-printed mosque. The 2,000-square-metre mosque, located in the historical Bur Dubai neighbourhood of the Arab Emirate, is anticipated to welcome up to 600 worshippers by 2025. If you are interested in greater detail, this story on SURFACES REPORTER (SR) provides further information.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai has declared plans to construct the first 3D-printed mosque ever created. Ali Al Suwaidi, director of IACAD’s engineering department, recently informed a press conference that the cost of building the mosque is 30 per cent more than usual due to its pioneering nature. He predicted similar costs in future projects and ensured that it has a 30-year guarantee.
Specialised Concrete Will Be Used
Due to IACAD's focus on sustainability and Islamic guidance, this project ties directly into two of its core objectives. Construction has been slated to start in October 2023 and will comprise a combination of raw materials plus the use of specialised concrete.
Though who is supplying such technology remains undisclosed, Al Shaibani has confirmed that it will be resource efficient, resulting in less construction material waste.
Use of Robotic 3D Printer For Construction
It has also been mentioned that a 'robotic 3D printer' will be in use, allowing materials to be deposited at speeds of two square metres an hour by three workers. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with an estimated four months needed for the build, and a further 12 months for fitting the necessary facilities inside.
The IACAD are currently liaising with Dubai Municipality authorities in order to gain approval for their designs, with the hope of having worshippers frequenting the mosque within two years.
Dubai's Progressive Approach to Construction with 3D Printing
In its bid to become the 3D-printing capital of the world, Dubai launched a "3D Printing Strategy" in 2018 with a view to having 25% of its new construction done through 3D printing by 2030. By 2019, the city had broken records with the most impressive feat being the world's largest 3D-printed structure; the Dubai Municipality building that stood at 9.5 meters tall and covered an area of 640 square meters.
Furthermore, it was also home to a 3D-printed office and a 3D-printed drone research laboratory. Yet, other dwellings produced through this innovative method of construction are appearing all around the world – from housing for refugees in Jordan, and homeless people in Austin Texas to whole complexes like Camp Swift military training centre (3,800 square feet / 353 square meters) and entire neighbourhoods like New Story project in Tabasco, Mexico which is providing homes for families living in poverty.
Recently, WASP 3D printed two circular structures made entirely of natural materials in Dubai. These beach huts are to show off Dior's popular collections of beach and bag items.
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