Muscat: A commercial unit was built in the special economic zone in Duqm, using 3D printing technology for the first time in the Sultanate of Oman.
This technology aims to save time due to the speed of construction, and the plant does not require concrete columns during the construction of the structure. 3D printing technology is based on converting the cement 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 commercial unit and its accessories, built with 3D printing technology, is the 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, Ing. Saif bin Nasser Al Busaidi, Director of Projects Department of Oman Special Economic Zone Development Company in Duqm “Duqm Development Company”, confirmed that the construction work of the commercial unit using 3D printing technology and its annexes covering an area of 101 Square meters have been completed, and a housing unit is being prepared. Another building with its outbuildings of 72 square meters in the fishing village is part of the project work, adding that the construction process has taken a record time, which is a milestone in the construction world compared to the construction time in the traditional construction method, in addition to the Standard build speed that characterizes this technology.
Al Busaidi pointed out that engineers from the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones designed the building to match the technology used, and a team of Omani youth from the German Technical University implemented the project using 3D printing techniques. The German Technical University, in cooperation with the global Cobod Company – the two technology providers – announced the realization of this project in the special economic zone in Duqm at a much lower cost because all the necessary materials are available on site.
It is noteworthy that early last year the board of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones approved the use of construction technology and 3D printing in design and development, which is part of the Authority’s efforts to support innovation, research and development in the Areas of construction using modern technologies and 3D printing and promoting the localization of modern technologies in construction and accelerating the pace of construction in related areas.