Dubai Municipality signed a MoU with Doka during an official signing ceremony held at the Dubai Future Accelerators, formally acknowledging the partnership that will deliver the challenge set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, to ensure that 25% of all new buildings in Dubai will be built using 3D printing technology by 2030.
The memorandum, which was signed by Doka Gulf's managing director, Michael Arnold, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, marks the formal agreement between the Dubai government and a consortium of companies represented by Doka which includes 3D printing pioneer Contour Crafting, and concrete technology specialists B|A|S.
Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Michael Arnold said, "This memorandum marks the beginning of a very exciting collaboration that will not only meet the high standards set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, but furthermore position Dubai as a global leader in the industrial 3D printing sector. We utilise local available materials and steer future regulations to ensure the highest level of sustainability."
Thank you to all members of the consortium for their invaluable expertise: Taher Rihawi (Head of Consulting Doka Gulf), Dr. Behrokh Koshnevis (Founder, Contour Crafting Corporation), Toine van Casteren (Founder and Managing Director B|A|S Research & Technology) and Werner H. Bittner (Doka Ventures and Chairman of the Board of directors of Contour Crafting Corporation)
The Doka - B|A|S - Contour Crafting Consortium will contribute the three major components that are required for 3D printing to be sustainable on an industrial scale:
Contour Crafting, where Doka Ventures has a 30% stake in, has been developing 3D printing technology for more than 23 years and has more than 100 patents in 3D printing technology, and has already created plans in conjunction with NASA to start extra-terrestrial construction on Moon and Mars using local material without water.
B|A|S Research & Technology is one of the world's leading material and concrete research center and will redefine and understand the optimal formula for developing the perfect mixture for 3D printing with local available material.
Doka has been successfully working with Dubai for more than 20 years – its formwork has been used on some of the country's most recognisable structures including the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. Doka, represented by Taher Rihawi, provides the final piece of the puzzle that optimises our collaboration.
According to Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Accelerators, "the aim of the Dubai Future Accelerators program is to connect the most innovative companies from across the globe with top government entities. We are hopeful that this partnership will accelerate the '3D Printing Strategy' for Dubai and elevate the emirate as the world's 3D printing hub."