Quarter of Dubai buildings to use 3D printing components by 2030

UAE launches 3D Printing Strategy to create a hub for construction, medical and consumer sectors

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Quarter of Dubai buildings to use 3D printing components by 2030 Overall, the global market for 3D printing is predicted to be worth $120bn by 2020 and reach $300bn by 2025
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 28, 2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced 25% of buildings in Dubai will use 3D printed components by 2030.

As part of the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy', using 3D printing within Dubai's construction sector will increase by 2% and up to 25% by 2030.

"The future does not wait for those who hesitate and slow down. The next stage requires us to act fast and utilise the opportunities," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, was quoted to have said at the press statement to mark the launch of the 'Dubai 3D Printing Strategy'.

"Our key goal is to ensure that 25 %of buildings in Dubai are based on 3D printing technology by 2030, and we will raise this percentage with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand," he added.

"We believe that this technology is capable of transforming the construction sector by lowering costs and reducing the time it takes to implement projects. It will also help reduce manpower requirements as well as waste generated from construction which can be harmful to the environment."

The strategy plans to turn the emirate into a global 3D printing hub, and will focus on three particular sectors: construction, medical products and consumer products. Sheik Mohammed has asked all government agencies, private sector companies, universities and research centres to embrace the technology.

Research suggests that by 2025, the value of 3D printing technology in the construction sector is expected to be Dh3bn, with the expectation of reduced construction costs by 70%, reduced labour costs by 80% and eliminated construction waste by 60%.  

3D printing in the medical sector, which will include innovations such as 3D printed teeth, bones, artificial organs, hearing devices and surgical devices will be worth around Dh1.7bn by 2025. Furthermore, the consumer products market will reach Dh2.8bn by 2025, with products including household items, optics, jewellery, children's games and fast food.

Overall, the global market for 3D printing is predicted to be worth $120bn by 2020 and reach $300bn by 2025.

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