Worlds first 3D Printed skyscraper to be built by a Dubai construction technology firm, Cazza.
Cazza announced plans to build the first of its kind 3D printed skyscraper using a new technology called ‘crane printing'. Cazza will outfit cranes with added units created specifically for use in 3D printing tall building structures.
CEO of Cazza, Chris Kelsey, said: “When we first thought of implementing 3D printing technologies, we were mostly thinking of houses and low-rise buildings.
“Developers kept asking us if it was possible to build a 3D printed skyscraper. This led us to begin researching how we could adapt the technologies for taller structures.
Through these technologies, it will be awesome to see how fast a skyscraper will go up compared to standard construction methods. Not to mention what materials will go into the 3D printing process itself.
The cranes will print specific parts of the building while the rest of the construction is to be completed through normal construction methods.
Using existing cranes and outfitting with new 3D printing equipment will save time and cost opposed to having to build a complete 3d printing/crane from scratch.
One can see how a standard crane could be easily adapted to the 3D printing process.
According to Xavier Hernand, mechanical engineer at Cazza, the printing process will include components typically required for tall buildings such as steel rebar.
Xavier Hernand, mechanical engineer at Cazza, said: “The material side leaves vast possibilities with concrete and steel being just one of many materials that can be used with 3D printing.”
Cazza’s crane printing process includes all major structural components required for tall buildings, including reinforcement with steel rebar.
The cranes will 3D print specific parts of buildings, with the rest of construction undertaken through existing methods.
Fernando De Los Rios, chief operating officer at Cazza, added: “The crane printing system can be easily adopted with existing cranes which means we don’t have to build cranes from scratch.
“We are adding new features to make it adaptable to high wind speeds along with the use of our layer smoothing system that creates completely flat surfaces. You won’t know its 3D printed.”
Cazza has already been in the 3D printing construction business using mobile 3D printing robots with existing construction methods to lower costs, speed up development processes, and also make things more environmentally friendly.