Dubai Municipality is launching the world’s very first system of certification and conformity marks for 3D-printing in the construction sector. The initiative will streamline procedures, and improve the quality and consistency of concrete mixes that are used by factories operating and licensed in Dubai.
The step plays a pivotal role in advancing Dubai’s leading position as the world’s first city to adopt a conformity marking strategy for 3D printers used for construction and regulate this cutting-edge and sustainable construction technology.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said, “The certification and conformity mark system for factories and entities operating in the field of 3D printing for construction has been comprehensively established in alignment with Dubai Municipality’s proactive vision. This system embraces international best practices to provide exceptional services to both individuals and the community, thereby enhancing Dubai’s global reputation and aligning with Dubai Municipality’s strategic objectives outlined in Dubai’s 2030 Plan.
Additionally, the system supports Dubai’s 3D printing strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to utilise technology for the advancement of humanity and position the UAE and Dubai as prominent regional and global hubs for 3D printing technology.”
“The new system is anticipated to make significant strides in the efforts to streamline practices and procedures for 3D printing and enhance the quality of concrete mixes used in licensed factories.” Al Hajri, added.
Alia Al Harmoodi, CEO, Environment, Health, and Safety Agency, Dubai Municipality, stated that the main focus for the new system is to assess product and raw material qualities, ensure the efficiency of manufacturing machinery and equipment, define technical standards at every stage in manufacturing, and ensure the efficiency of management systems inside factories.
“In line with its efforts, Dubai Municipality included an integrated guide on its website featuring four chapters that cover the key requirements to be met by factories and entities engaged in 3D printing for the construction sector. The guide, which has a flexible and relevant design, sheds light on various methods and technologies of manufacturing concrete used in 3D printers, while also considering different components and specifications of materials used by companies,” Al Harmoodi added.
Dubai Central Laboratory with its team consisting of engineers, technicians, specialists and experts will oversee the new system for product evaluation, lab testing, and auditing. They will also issue conformity certificates based on approved technical principles.
In recent years the Laboratory has developed different certification and quality markings systems which have helped to elevate product quality in Dubai and ensure consumer protection. The Laboratory has developed conformity certifications for cement, chemical additive and precast concrete factories.
Construction projects that integrate cutting-edge technology like 3D Printing can reap many benefits, including reducing the risk of error, wasting materials and resources, and completing work faster with less manpower.