Muscatel: A business unit using 3D printing technology has been established for the first time in the Sultanate of Oman in the Duqm Special Economic Zone.
This technology aims to save time through construction speed, and the installation does not need concrete columns during the construction of the structure. 3D printing technology is based on converting the cementitious material of this technology into an integrated structure using an automatic printer.
Engineer Ahmed bin Ali Akaak, CEO in charge of Duqm Special Economic Zone, said: The use of the business unit with its fixtures established with 3D printing technology is a first in the Sultanate of Oman. He added that the economic zone supports this trend of generalizing the experience to many other facilities and sectors.
For his part, Eng. Saif bin Nasser Al Busaidi, Director of the Projects Department of the Development Company of the Oman Special Economic Zone in Duqm “Duqm Development Company” confirmed that the construction works of the commercial unit using technology of 3D printing with its attachments were completed in an area of 101 square meters, and a residential unit is being prepared. Another building with its annexes of 72 square meters in the fishing village is within the scope of the project, adding that the construction process took record time, which is a milestone in the world of construction compared to the construction period using traditional construction. method, in addition to the standard construction speed that characterizes this technology.
Al Busaidi noted that engineers from the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones designed the building to comply with the technology used, and a team of young Omanis from the German University of Technology implemented the project using 3D printing techniques. The German University of Technology, in cooperation with the global company Cobod, the two technology providers, announced the realization of this project in the Duqm Special Economic Zone at a much lower cost by having all the necessary materials locally.
It should be noted that the Board of Directors of the Public Authority of Special Economic Zones and Free Zones approved early last year the use of construction technology and 3D printing in construction and development, which is presented as part of the efforts of the Authority to support innovation, research and development in the fields of construction using modern technologies and 3D printing, and encourage the localization of modern technologies in construction and accelerate the pace of construction in its affiliated areas.