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Dubai's DEWA awards tender for world's first 3D-printed lab

State utility firm awards contract to Convrgnt Value Engineering to design and build first 3D-printed building in the UAE

Dubai's DEWA awards tender for world's first 3D-printed lab

Dubai's state utility firm said on Wednesday it has awarded the tender to design and construct the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite and the first 3D-printed laboratory building in the world.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said in a statement that it awarded the contract to Convrgnt Value Engineering.

The laboratory will be built as part of the research & development centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and will conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technology.

“The future will depend on 3D printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

“The construction of the 3D-printed lab reflects our on-going efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity, and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub for 3D printing technology by 2030,” added Al Tayer.

Convrgnt's Vibin Paul said: “We are extremely pleased with the award and even more so since this will be the first 3D printed laboratory in the world and the first 3D building in the UAE that is fully-printed onsite. 3D printed building technology is not only new to the Gulf but also the world and we are fortunate to be at the forefront with this project.

“The building will be printed using a system of robotic arms at the desert location. The risks of working in an unshielded open environment have to be addressed and the logistics accurately controlled during the printing operation,” added Paul.

The laboratory will conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technology to support DEWA’s ongoing projects. It will conduct research on the use of drones to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency, credibility, and lower their cost, as well as study and test different photovoltaic technologies.

DEWA has been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission, and distribution systems.

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