The world’s first system for certification and conformity marks in the field of 3D printing in the construction industry was launched by Dubai Municipality as a proactive measure to streamline procedures and improve the quality of concrete mixes used in factories licensed to operate in Dubai.
The certification plays an important role in enhancing Dubai’s position as the world’s first city to adopt a conformity marking strategy for 3D printers and regulate this cutting-edge and sustainable technology in construction.
Dubai Municipality Director General Dawoud Al Hajri says, “The certification and conformity marking system in the field of 3D printing in construction has been comprehensively established in alignment with Dubai Municipality’s proactive vision. The system embraces international best practices to provide exceptional services to the community, thereby aligning with the municipality’s strategic objectives outlined in Dubai’s 2030 plan. The system also supports the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy that aims to enhance the position of the UAE and Dubai as a prominent global hub for 3D printing technology.”
“The new system is expected to make significant strides in streamlining procedures for 3D printing and enhancing the quality of concrete mixes used in licensed factories,” adds Al Hajri.
The chief focus of the new system includes assessing the quality of raw materials and products, ensuring the efficiency of machinery used in production, defining technical standards of manufacturing operations at every stage of production, and guaranteeing effectiveness of management systems within the factories.
The Dubai Municipality portal includes an integrated guide that covers the key requirements to be met by factories and entities engaged in 3D printing for the construction sector. The guide sheds light on the various methods and technologies used in manufacturing concrete for 3D printers, while also considering different components and specifications of materials used by companies.
An expert team from Dubai Central Laboratory will oversee the management of the new system by product evaluation, auditing, lab testing, and issuing conformity certificates.