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Constructing the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper

04 April 2017

A construction firm based in Dubai has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper using a new technique.

Cazza is designing the world's first 3D printed skyscraper. (A rendering by Aleksandar Grusanovic)

The company, called Cazza, has confirmed that it will be erected in the United Arab Emirates. It says it will use a new technique called “crane printing” to create the building. These cranes feature added units specifically designed for 3D printed structures 80m and above. The cranes will only print certain parts of building, the rest will be constructed using existing methods.

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 our technologies, we will be able to build architecturally complex buildings at never-before seen speeds. It is all about economies of scale where the initial high technology costs will reduce as we enter the mass-production phase," he added. 

Kelsey also told Construction Week Online that the height of the structure and commencement of the work were not yet revealed.

Last December, the Dubai Government announced a collaboration with Cazza to encourage more 3D printing in the country. 

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