It was April 2016, when Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum shared his vision to print up to 25% of buildings by 2030 in Dubai. An ambitious and progressive goal. As a result DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) indicated in the Laboratory for Drones (R&Drone) at the Solar Parc.
This laboratory will conduct research on drones and 3D printing technologies and is based at the Solar Park as a part of its Research and Development (R&D) Centre. It had to be build by means of 3D Concrete Printing. This demand can be seen as the first open tender in which 3D printing has been named as mandatory construction method. It was their wish to print directly on-site including an iconic design.
First 3D printed laboratory
The R&Drone Laboratory was delivered in the second quarter of 2017. CyBe was responsible as a subcontractor for the engineering and construction of the 3D Printing works in the building. Because of the size of the elements of the R&Drone Laboratory, we used our mobile printer: the CyBe RC 3Dp.
Together with the team of printing engineers, the printer was transported to the location in Dubai to print the elements on site. Therefore we were able to fulfil the wish of printing on-site.