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R&Drone Laboratory
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01 PROJECT DETAILS

SUMMARY

PROJECT: R&DRONE LABORATORY

LOCATION: DUBAI

CLIENT: DEWA

OUR JOB: ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION

DELIVERED: MAY ’17

DURATION: PRINTED IN 46 HOURS, 3 WEEKS

WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED LABORATORY

The R&Drone Laboratory is a project that CyBe executed in order of DEWA. CyBe was responsible as a subcontractor for the engineering and construction of the 3Dprinting works in the building and has delivered the project in the second quarter of 2017. This laboratory will conduct research on drones and 3D printing technologies and is based at the Solar Park as a part of its Research and Development (R&D) Centre.

Because of the size of the elements of the R&Drone laboratory, we used our mobile printer: the CyBe RC 3Dp (the recently released mobile 3D-printer which is able to move on caterpillar tracks). Together with the team of printing engineers, the printer was transported to the location in Dubai to print the elements on site.

02

THE STORY

WE BELIEVE THIS PARTICULAR PROCESS OF SERIAL PRINTING, IS THE WAY PREFAB FACTORIES WILL WORK IN DE FUTURE

When printing on site, transport of separate elements from another location, like a precast factory, isn’t necessary.  The entire laboratory was fully printed onsite. Thanks to the modular character of the printer (CyBe RC 3Dp) it can be easily transported for projects. However, substantial savings are more apparent when a 3D-printer is owned to print likewise buildings onsite.

Traditional construction can take a lot of time. The construction of a building often causes inconveniences for the surroundings of the building site, like traffic, noise, and waste-transportation.  The R&Drone Laboratory was printed within three weeks. In comparison: with traditional methods, the construction of this building would take a couple of months.

3D Concrete printing is much more eco-friendly than traditional ways of building due to the reduction of CO2-emission and waste. On top of that, environmental costs of assembling, transportation, logistics and storing are completely absent when printing the laboratory on location. Our CyBe MORTAR material was also a big contribution to the sustainability of the printing the R&Drone laboratory.

03 FACTS

EXPERIENCE

FACTS

The R&Drone Laboratory exists of 27 separate elements which have all been printed in a controlled environment (large tent) in the middle of the desert in Dubai.

The laboratory has a size of 168m2 and has been printed in an effective printing time of 3 weeks.

The R&Drone Laboratory shows that it is possible to print such buildings in a shorter time span compared to traditional methods. This printing method generates a high spin-off for CyBe, as similar elements can be utilized in several projects for various clients.

The experience we gained from the R&Drone-project will be of use during upcoming projects like ‘De Vergaderfabriek‘, which will also be printed on site.

WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED LABORATORY

While printing in Dubai we’ve gained a lot of relevant experience in such extreme environments. This has helped us to further develop our technology and to improve processes, techniques, and communication.

One of the experiences which have put a smile on our faces had to do with miscommunication. During the printing process in Dubai, we were in need of cooled water instead of the water which was in the tanks (it was too hot). The next day they organized big ice cubes. They told us: here is the cool water you asked for. Unfortunately, that wasn’t exactly what we meant…

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