GUtech to print the first 3D building in Oman
Muscat: The German University of Technology Oman (GUtech) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Danish company COBOD to manufacture and ship the first 3D printer for building and construction in the Sultanate, with the aim of developing academic capabilities, scientific and industrial research and innovation; and national capacity building in advanced construction fields using 3D printing technologies.
The agreement between GUtech and COBOD includes joint intensive programs to train on-the-job trainers in 3D techniques in construction and – in cooperation with relevant institutions in the Sultanate and abroad – to develop local raw materials from the Sultanate as the base materials for 3D printers in accordance with the appropriate construction requirements of the Omani environment and the region.
The agreement also stipulated the joint research between the two parties to develop future technologies and tools related to new 3D printers under construction as part of COBOD’s research and development plan in the efficient use of machines, construction systems and materials used in construction.
It is expected that the Sultanate’s first 3D building will start printing before the end of this year. In coordination with relevant authorities in government, industry and academia, GUtech is currently forming joint teams to develop building materials suitable for this technology using Omani mineral ores.
Danish company COBOD is one of the most renowned companies specializing in building 3D printing technologies in the world, as the company has already printed the first house in Europe using 3D printing. It also has many achievements in this field in many geographic regions across the world and has a close scientific connection with a number of the most prestigious building development centers in the world.
It should be noted that 3D printing technology for buildings is considered to be one of the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which will bring a substantial change in the construction sector and thus positively influence the economy, businesses and society. people’s lives. This technology allows a significant improvement in the speed of building completion and the possibility of accessing innovative building shapes that have not yet been introduced with traditional building mechanisms and techniques.
An added benefit of 3D printing is its creation of jobs for university graduates from different fields due to its reliance on advanced technology instead of traditional methods which rely on intensive physical labor. In addition, this technology improves consistency, quality control, safety, construction time and efficient use of project costs.
GUtech is one of the most entrepreneurial universities in Oman offering internationally accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs to over 2,300 students at GUtech’s green campus. The latter is home to many initiatives, including Oman’s first mechatronics laboratory, the solar training center, the Oman hydrogen center and the net zero energy eco-house. Having the concrete 3D printer will place GUtech in a pioneering position to revolutionize the design and construction process.