Future Cities of the World, 3D-Printed?

The day will come when cities of the world will be constructed with 3D-printers. Such is the continuous advancement of 3D-printing technology that it never fails to amaze, and such is the vision of those behind projects like this.

Cazza has designed a 3D-printing crane dubbed the “Minitank”, which the company says can layer up to 2,153 square feet (200 sqm) of concrete per day– making it more than 50% faster than conventional construction methods. Automating the construction process, according to Cazza, would not only allow developers to build housing in step with rapid population growth, but is also better for the environment. - Read more here:

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The report above says, the “Minitank” creator is 19-year old Chris Kelsey. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Cazza, a 3D-printing and construction automation company in Dubai which was launched only last year.

The United Arab Emirates has also that vision of constructing 3D-printed megacities, as a way to help humanity.

Some 25 per cent of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed by 2030, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said. Shaikh Mohammad was speaking at the launch of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030. - Read more here:

3D-printing in building construction is not a new concept.

Early construction 3D printing development and research have been under way since 1995, Wikipedia says.

Construction is well-suited to 3D printing as much of the information necessary to create an item will exist as a result of the design process, and the industry is already experienced in computer aided manufacturing. The recent emergence of building information modelling (BIM) in particular may facilitate greater use of 3D printing. - Read more at:

Building projects with the use of 3D-printing have been done in various parts of the world, (see the above Wiki source for examples), but research and development is still much required to address concerns such as integration with other building components, durability, speed of printing and the like. But 3D-printed structures is on its way to becoming a reality.

In 2014, for example, the world’s first 3D-printed house was built in Amsterdam, and also in 2014, a Chinese company, Qingdao Unique Products Develop Co, built the world’s largest 3D-printer that could be used for building 3D-printed houses.

Thus, 3D-printed megacities is getting to be more probable than just a mere dream, as time goes on.

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