Shame on you – in recent years, 3D printing has been used to build everything from homes to businesses to bridges. Today, Dubai is preparing to build the world’s first 3D printed mosque.
Ali Mohammed Al-Halyan Al-Suwaidi, Head of Engineering at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai (IACAD), explained that the mosque will accommodate 600 worshipers and have an area of 2,000 square meters.
The mosque will be made of concrete mix, and construction work is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.
It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025.
“We chose 3D printing for the mosque because it is a new and innovative technology that saves time and resources compared to traditional construction methods,” said Al-Halyan Al-Suwaidi.
IACAD declined to disclose the name of the company responsible for the construction activities.
The construction of these buildings requires large printing presses and is planned with design information.
The structures are mostly made of concrete. However, other materials such as printing clay can also be used.
In 2018, it launched its “3D Printing Strategy”. Dubai plans to print 25% of its buildings using 3D printing technology by 2030.
By 2019, Dubai held the world record for the Dubai Municipality Building, the largest 3D-printed structure at 9.5 meters high and 640 square meters in area.
Today, new buildings printed with this technology are spreading around the world, from refugee housing in Jordan to the “New Story” project that provides housing for poor families in Mexico.
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