Saudi Arabia’s housing ministry and Al Kathiri Holding to develop concrete 3D printing processes

Al Kathiri Holding, a middle eastern building materials company, has received approval from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Housing to develop and utilize 3D printed concrete for government-based projects.

This approval follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the company’s subsidiary Alian Industry Co. and Emmedue, an Italian manufacturer of construction systems. The six-month MoU signed last week seeks to develop 3D printed concrete paneling technology.

According to a statement from Al Kathiri Holding on Tadawul, the Saudi Stock Exchange,  the company will develop machinery used to manufacture 3D printed concrete with the help of Emmedue. Following the ministerial approval, the partners seek to cut construction costs and time within housing ministry projects.

Furthermore, the company has recognized that concrete 3D printing would reduce the design restrictions on architects. This move from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Housing falls under the government’s Vision 2030 agenda, which aims to improve the country’s economy through pillars of innovations, i.e., modern construction techniques.

Construction 3D printing in the middle east

Also under the Vision 2030 agenda, in November 2018, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, established its first 3D printed in a project led by CyBe Construction, a Dutch 3D printing company. This house was completed in five days.

Prior to this, CyBe completed its role in 3D printing a drone research & development laboratory for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The 168 meters squared lab was 3D printed on-site in three weeks with the CyBe RC 3Dp machine.

CyBe’s mobile 3D printer provides a reliable method of 3D printing concrete on a construction site. With rubber wheel tracks, the machine is able to roam freely around the site. In a previous interview with 3D Printing Industry,  CyBe detailed the capabilities of its machines.

Last year, the company announced plans to 3D print three more houses in the Croix commune of Northern France.

The mobile concrete 3D printer. Photo via CyBe.
The mobile concrete 3D printer. Photo via CyBe.

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Featured image shows the CyBe concrete 3D printing. Photo via CyBe.