3D printing is a new and emerging technology in the field of construction and building, offering a more efficient workflow and the ability to construct on command. We’ve seen houses, offices, and resorts, but soon will see another first: the world’s only 3D-printed mosque.
Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) is planning to construct the world’s first-ever 3D-printed mosque by 2025, with the capacity to host around 600 worshippers. The 3D-building technology, according to Al Shaibani, director of IACAD’s engineering division, would make it more sustainable.
“Using 3D printing will reduce construction material waste. It is friendly to the environment. The mosque represents the vision of our wise leadership,” he said. “The cost is 30 percent higher than building the mosque in the normal way because it is the first of its kind in the world. We expect the cost will be similar in the future with 30 years building guarantee.”
Three specialists will complete the printing using a combination of raw materials and a concrete mix. The 3D robotic printer will print at a rate of two square meters together, operated by three workers. In terms of design, architecture firm JT+Partners have created the look of the mosque. The 3D printing of the building’s structure will take approximately four months to complete with a further 12 months to fully fit out the mosque’s facilities, the
The project is the emirate’s latest step in its Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, launched in 2016 by ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. The initiative aims to position Dubai at the forefront in the field of 3D printing technology by 2030. It also aims to see 25% of construction in the country based on 3D printing by 2025. The Strategy focuses on three sectors: construction, medical, and consumer goods, with five pillars of infrastructure, legislative structure, funding, talent, and market demand.
“Building the first mosque in the world to be built with 3D printing technology is a distinguished project in the world built with this feature, and this work is a translation on the ground of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed,” explained IACAD director-general Hamad Al Shaibani.