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It’s been three years that Dubai has been working on regulating the use of 3D printing in the region. Before and after this decree, companies had started building 3D printed buildings in the region while others were revealing plans to leverage 3D printing for construction projects – emphasizing this way the need for the technology to accelerate the growth of the sector in this region.

It’s now official, The Planning and Development Department (Trakhees), the regulatory body of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), announced the issuance of the first license for construction using 3D printing technology for buildings in Dubai.

Right after the license was granted to Nakheel for the Al Furjan Hills project in December 2023, it took them 20 days to complete their first project in the region, highlighting the efficiency of 3D printing.

According to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, Trakhees has been dedicated to issuing permits and ensuring regulatory compliance in areas overseen by PCFC to support the emirate’s strategic target of ensuring that 25% of its buildings are constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030.

While the eco-friendly benefits of 3D printing in the construction industry are well-known, due to the stringent regulatory requirements, it often takes a lot of time to properly use the technology in this industry.  This license is a reminder that ensuring regulatory compliance is a critical part of embracing technological advancements.

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