Government Office 3D Printed in Dubai

Dubai Office of the Future is the First 3D printed commercial building in the world

DUBAI, February 20 Winsun 3D (Yingchuang Construction Technology) 3D printed the landmark “Future Office” for the Dubai Municipal Government in 2016. It is now the world’s first 3D printed commercial building and is included in the Guinness Book of Records.

The 3D-printer that was used by Winsun 3D, was measuring 6 meter (20 ft) high, 36 meters (120 ft) long and 12 meters (40 ft) wide was used to print the building. The entire structure was printed using a giant cement printer, then assembled on site. Printing took 17 days and was installed on in 2 days.

It consists of 17 modules, with a width of 13 meters and a height of 3 meters. It will be transported by sea after printing at Yingchuang Suzhou factory. The installation takes only 2 days. The office opened in May 2016. The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Dubai Chief Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveiled it.

Standardization of Construction: Testing 3D printed structure

3D printed wall undergoes destructive detection test by Dubai experts (28T)

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The most unique thing about a 3D printed house is that it can withstand destructive experiments.” In 2016, Dubai construction experts conducted rigorous safety and rugged performance tests on Yingchuang’s 3D printed walls: After 28T destructive testing, there are few cracks, and its solid strength is 5 times that of traditional buildings.

“The office wall is printed as hollow with built-in insulation”, said Noah Raford, head of global affairs at Dubai Future Foundation. Reduce carbon emissions. “

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The World’s First 3D Printed River Revetment Wall, A Major Milestone In River Engineering

SUZHOU, November 8, 2019 – The world’s first fully 3D printed river revetment wall of 500 meters is delivered by Winsun Building Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd along the Suzhou Creek in China. The wall consists of separate 3D printed modules that provide the necessary protection against the strong river current.

Let us explain why this is an important project that shows the advantages of 3D Printing in comparison to traditional methods of waterway protection works.

Obviously, with the rising water level, the pressure in lower situated land is higher to develop fast and sustainable solutions that help to protect the land vanishing into the river or sea. Even a small increase can have devastating effects on coastal habitats farther inland, it can cause destructive erosion, wetland flooding, aquifer, and agricultural soil contamination and lost habitat for fish, birds, trees and plants, etc.

This ecologically developed riverbank shoreline is integrally formed and functions of retaining the earth and to defend the shoreline from impact by the waves and the strong current, and collapsing under the pressure of the rising water level, caused by co-acting forces, such as water erosion, corrosion, earth pressure, and underwater osmotic pressure.

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In recent years, riverbank repair projects often require building materials, such as concrete or customized designed bricks for the construction of solid walls and dams. Although these solutions are stable and provide the necessary protection, they are also expensive and complicated to construct. Also, it is unfortunate that many of those projects did not intend to protect the existing eco-systems. Due to the lack of affordable solutions that can protect nature and provide the required protection. The excavation and foundation-laying in the conventional way of construction can pollute the river and can destroy the integrity of its ecosystem that can cause environmental problems.

3D Printing Construction is a new development that allows for an improved river revetment function that is enabled by 3D printing construction technology. 3D printing technology allows for creating a riverbank bank that follows its original movements, and on top provides endless possibilities to keep or increase the high-quality living environment for the local flora and fauna.

Besides it enables to keep of the original “water flow” function intact, it has now evolved into a better solution that provides both flood control and at the same time preserves its original ecological functions. The modules are set above the riverbank and provide a natural habitat for plants to grow on. This provides a safe, and green recreational spot with beautiful aesthetics for coastal residents and visitors.

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On October 17th, 2019 a high-level delegation of directors or the largest Chinese construction corporations visited this example project and they unanimously agreed on the positive impact that 3D Printing can have for this kind of project, and also many other projects that require quality, speed, and precision construction.

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Winsun 3D at International Forum for High-Rise and Special Constructions in Russia

Winsun is featured on the influential 100+ International Forum & Exhibition in Russia is one of the most important events in the region that present all the latest developments and cutting-edge innovations on construction and building our future cities. Winsun will emphasize the importance 3D Printing, for building the“City of the Future”. The event is held in Ekaterinburg in Russia from October 29 to November 1, 2019. Expected are Russian and overseas visitors are: Architects, Designers, Public authorities, Developers, Research institutes, Construction Companies, Contractors, Students, Producers of building materials, etc.

Winsun is featured on 100+ International Forum & Exhibition, International Forum for High-Rise and Special Constructions in Russia
Winsun is featured on 100+ International Forum for High-Rise and Special Constructions in Russia

For this upcoming event on October 29 until November 1, 2019 in City Hall, Mr. Will Wen, Overseas Sales Director of Winsun (Yingchuang Building Technique (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. will further elaborate on“Robots in the Construction Industry”. Mr. Will Wen graduated from the Jiujiang University with major in international economy and trade, joined WINSUN for 2 years, in charge of most significant projects like The World’s First Functional and occupied 3D Printed Building, creating several joint ventures along ‘one belt and one road‘ countries like our Nigerian partnership, etc. For more details check out the 100+ International Forum for High-Rise and Special Constructions, Russia agenda and website.

Winsun at 100 forum in Ekaterinburg Russia
Winsun at 100 forum in Ekaterinburg Russia

 

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3D Printing of Affordable Homes discussed at Oyo-Ile Investment Forum in Ibadan

IBADAN Nigeria – At the recently completed investor’s forum held at the Government House in Oyo State on September 2, 2019, Governor Seyi Makinde assured investors of his readiness to make the state comfortable for business prosperity. He said all hands are on the deck to make investors and business owners prosper economically in the state.

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Global Press Conference in Worlds’ Largest 3D Printed Building

Check out all the highlights of the 2019 3D Printing Global Press Conference held in Shanghai on July 28, 2019, with the title:‘DREAM·REALIZATION – the world’s largest 3D printed architectural applications and future cities’.

WINSUN, the world’s first high-tech enterprise to realize 3D printing architecture, presented in their newly 3D printed R&D center in Shanghai, the latest developments to selective audienc eof governments, partners and friends from all around the world, what the projects and plans are for 2020. The event took place in their first out of seven R&D center buildings, which will be the largest 3D printed structures in the world.

This press conference is a must see for those who are folloing the latest news on 3D construction printing and green building technologies.

Check out the video below to view all highlights from the press conference: ‘DREAM·REALIZATION – the world’s largest 3D printed architectural applications and future cities’.

Amongst others, in this video, also the alliance with 3D Builders Africa (Nigeria) is briefly mentioned. The project helps to solve the current housing deficit in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, by starting 3D printing projects to print affordable homes.

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What Are Pro’s And Con’s Of 3D Construction Printing?

SHANGHAI – In many industries Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is creating breakthroughs. Take for example the medical field, where developments are known of the creation of 3D printed organs which will save countless of lives.

When this technology was first time applied in the construction field, many benefits were found, such as increased speed of building, reduction of cost, environmental benefits and significant saving of materials. 3D construction printing was born. When we are talking about 3D construction printing, a method in which construction materials are joined or solidified under computer control to create a 3D objects, we commonly speak about “Concrete printers” that are printing concrete buildings. This development is currently known for a few years and it holds many promises for the near future. The first walls were printed in China in 2008 and in 2014 the first 3D printed residential housing project was installed.

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Pro’s:

3D Printing has the following benefits:

  • Saves time: 3D printing increases the speed of construction significantly. Printing houses is much faster than building them the conventional way. A concrete printer can reach speed up to 150-200 m2 wallsurface in 24 hours. Which allows you to print a small or medium size bungalow in a day. Also there is no waiting time for specific schaffolding or formworks or molds.
    Freedom of Design and Patterns: the possiblities with 3D Construction printing are endless. Printers can produce complex geometry that alternative machinery or injection molding may struggle with or simply are not be able to make it. For example, it has the ability to develop architecture that is non-rectilinear in shape.
  • Saves materials: 3D printing allows for significant material savings in comparison with conventional way of construction, because of:
    • the quantity that you estimate is the quantity that you will need to print, there is no need to buy extra stock to ensure you have enough materials to finish the project;
    • eliminates rework due to human errors in construction, thereby increasing the accuracy, quality, and reliability of the building structure;
    • upcoming trend is that you can put in recycled materials, which are cheaper (or free);
    • the strenght of printing a partly hollow wall in a certain pattern (ie woven, zig zag, H structure) enables you to print walls that are stronger (better Concrete compressive strength) than solid concrete walls, with less material usage;
    • by printing a simplified design, you may be able to replace and assembly 2 or more components with just a single 3D printed component.
  • Better insulation possilibities: the newly 3D printed houses have enough space for insulation materials. By improving the insulation, the buildings have good ability to resist heat flow. This energy efficiency feature will also provide more comfort and additional value to homes and buildings. There is also the option to place electrical or communication systems into the wall structures.
  • Printing on Demand: the technology allows you to manage your projects according Just-In-Time principle, by printing customized designs and proof of concepts according to your demand. It prevents you from keeping Inventory which can take up a lot of space, especially if you’re not using the part as often as intended. It often allows you for last-minute changes as well.
  • Low envionmental impact: when you are printing on a site, it means that you have a dustfree constuction environment, which has a much better working environment and has a lower environmental impact than the conventional way of construction has. It eliminates wastage and helps to reduce cost to clearing the site of debris from waste after construction.
    Saves heavy labour: Reduces the number of heavy labour workmen needed during construction, such as service personnel and heavy labour costs. This is reducing the number of FTE needed for basic construction works. However, alternative jobs are created and the speed of construction allows for more work in the same time for those that need to design, install electric and draining system, decorate the house, etc. The speeds allows for more and new jobs. This also reduces the number of risks and accidents and hospitalization in heavy construction work.
  • Cost reduction: Due to all these advantages in terms of saving materials, logistics and labor, the cost of construction is reduced significantly. This will impact the construction costs and the final sales price of houses or buildings in the near future.
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Con’s:

Despite the large number of advantages, this new technology also comes with it’s fair share of challenges:

  • Standardization of Construction: Winsun (Yingchuang Building Techniques Shanghai is currently developing international and local construction standards (see: Standardization of 3D print materials (Ink) and 3D Print product standards) for 3D construction printed items, together with the Chinese Shanghai Academy of Building Research (SRIBS). This development is important to make sure the 3D printed structures are reliable, safe, and durable.
  • Investment: the initial investment of 3D Concrete printers is currently at a level that it requires capital and a decent construction project to start. Therefore it’s mainly possible for the medium and larger building companies to aquire one. The trend is that prices for concrete printers will go down in the future as the technology and the market evolves.
    Copyright Issues: As 3D printing is very popular, it will enable people to build designs without paying the royalties the the original designers. The difference between real and fake 3D printed furniture or art object won’t be visible.
  • Limitations to print materials (Ink): however most suitable materials, such as concrete and other earthen materials to build a concrete structure, are capable to put into the printer, there are still limitations on the materials that can be put in. There are still materials that 3D Construction printers are not yet versatile enough for to work with.

This sums up most of the known pros and cons of 3D Construction Printing. Much of Research & Development was done from the very first moment the first walls were printed, and since than this invention continues to grow and develop. If you see opportunities to implement this technology than we recommend to contact us and discuss it for your construction project.

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African Delegation visits 3D Construction Printing Site

SUZHOU CHINA – On November, 2018, Government delegation from Nigeria visited the largest 3D construction printing factory in Suzhou. This is one of many factories owned by Winsun in China. During this tour visitors were shown various architecture structures, wall patterns and other components developed with Additive Manufacturing (3D Print) technology, some of these structures include villas, mini houses, medium sized bungalows, infinity shaped house, midrise apartment complex, road construction components, public rest rooms, smart palms, water retention systems, garden furniture, etc. The visitors were also treated to a first-hand look at how the machine prints the structures.

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The tour began with a quick history of Winsun’s 3D construction printing technology, followed by a tour of the buildings line up. The tour team was open to answering any questions throughout the process and the visitors had the opportunity to access all the rooms in the buildings, get a closer look at the layout and different kinds of wall patterns. Visitors were also shown the wall structures and how reinforcement can be used in the construction. Most of these techniques are also used in conventional reinforced concrete construction, but due to 3D printing the main structure, it’s becomes much more efficient to build.

Throughout the experience, the group discussed the rapid growth of the company and the attention that it has drawn over the years. For most of the visitors, the technology was an eye opener, and they welcomed the technology into Africa.

This tour formed one of the many tours per month conducted across all of Winsun and Winsun’s JV factories around the world.

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