World’s First 3D printed mosque: Dubai to build world’s first 3D-printed mosque.
The mosque can accommodate 600 worshippers and the work will be completed in 2025
The mosque marks the latest step in Dubai’s 3D Printing Strategy, which is a global initiative to harness the technology for the good of humanity and position the city as a leader in the field by 2030.
The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities of Dubai has announced the construction of the world’s first 3D-printed mosque.
The mosque can accommodate 600 worshippers and the work will be completed in 2025, with three workers managing the construction process.
The project is in line with the vision and directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
It will be situated in Bur Dubai and will have a floor area of 2,000 square meters.
It will take about four months to complete the 3D printing of the building’s structure and a further 12 months to fully fit it out with the appropriate facilities, Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) said.
Three workers will operate the 3D robotic printer which will print two square metres an hour.
Ali Al Suwaidi, director of IACAD’s engineering department, said the printer will mix raw materials and a special mix of concrete.
The printing process works by layering a fluid material along a predetermined route mapped out by a computer, similar to an inkjet printer.
The mineral-infused fluids solidify into concrete almost instantly to convert the digital model into a three-dimensional object.
“The cost is 30 per cent higher than building the mosque in the normal way because it is the first of its kind in the world,” Mr Al Suwaidi told a press conference on Thursday.
3D printed mosque
Dubai has already built two buildings using the technology. The Office of the Future at Emirates Towers was the world’s first 3D-printed office, which is now fully operational.
The second one – Dubai Municipality’s Centre for Innovation – won a Guinness World Record in 2019 for being the first 3D-printed two-storey building in the world.
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