China’s slow­down con­tin­ues

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num­ber of uses for the tech­nol­ogy as it evolves.

Euro­pean aero­nau­tics gi­ant Air­bus just un­veiled a light­weight printed mo­tor­cy­cle made from alu­minium al­loy par­ti­cles, while a Wis­con­sin school teacher re­cently fash­ioned pros­thetic feet for a duck that lost its feet due to frost­bite.

The tech­nol­ogy has been used in other con­struc­tion projects too, in­clud­ing a Dutch canal house be­ing raised in Am­s­ter­dam.

But the foun­da­tion says its Dubai of­fice is the first “fully func­tional 3D printed build­ing,” con­structed with full ser­vices and meant for daily use.

The Chi­nese com­pany Win­Sun Global used a 6-me­tre tall printer squirt­ing out ce­ment and other ma­te­ri­als to pro­duce the 17 build­ing mod­ules for the new Dubai of­fice.

The pieces were then shipped from China to Dubai, where it took work­ers two days to piece them to­gether. Fur­ther work, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the in­te­ri­ors and land­scap­ing, took an­other three months.

De­sign­ers left open part of the fin­ish­ing in the foyer so vis­i­tors can see how the 3D printed lay­ers came to­gether, row af­ter squig­gly row.

The build­ing oc­cu­pies prime real-es­tate be­tween Emi­rates Tow­ers and the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre.

The site will serve as the tem­po­rary of­fices for be­tween 12 and 20 foun­da­tion staff mem­bers for now. Dubai hopes it will kick-start its plans to trans­form the city into an in­cu­ba­tor for emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. It has an am­bi­tious goal of us­ing 3D print­ing in a quar­ter of all build­ings by 2030.

“The fu­ture will be 3D printed,” Al Aleeli pre­dicted. “I won’t be sur­prised if in 20 years down the road whole cities will be 3D printed.” Amer­i­can Hospi­tal Dubai has joined a global care net­work that it says will give its medics and pa­tients ac­cess to a wider range of in­for­ma­tion and treat­ments. The hospi­tal will link up with the Mayo Clinic Care Net­work. The non-for-profit group sees med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als work to­gether to bet­ter pro­vide health­care. Among the ben­e­fits are ‘eTu­mourBoard’ con­fer­ences that al­low doc­tors at the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal to share com­plex can­cer cases with other ex­perts. Peter Makowski, CEO of the hospi­tal, said: “As one of the pioneers of pri­vate health­care, we are de­ter­mined to push the bar even higher in the Mid­dle East when it comes to pa­tient-cen­tric care - a com­mit­ment we share with Mayo Clinic.” Dr David Hayes, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of the Mayo Clinic Care Net­work, said: “As we have worked to­gether to­ward this day, it is clear that high­qual­ity, pa­tient-cen­tred care is fun­da­men­tal to the mis­sion of both our or­gan­i­sa­tions. We look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing in ways that en­hance that care.” The Amer­i­can Hospi­tal Dubai has grown since 1996 to now ac­com­mo­date 240 beds and em­ploys 80 physi­cians. China’s fac­tory ac­tiv­ity was weak last month, ac­cord­ing to two sur­veys re­leased yes­ter­day, in­di­cat­ing that of­fi­cial ef­forts to re­verse a down­turn in the world’s sec­ond-big­gest econ­omy are strug­gling. The coun­try’s mas­sive man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, which em­ploys many mil­lions of work­ers, eked out a tiny ex­pan­sion in May, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial in­dex by the Chi­nese Fed­er­a­tion of Lo­gis­tics & Pur­chas­ing, which came in at 50.1, level with April’s read­ing. The in­dex is based on a sur­vey of fac­tory pur­chas­ing man­agers and uses a 100-point scale on which num­bers above 50 in­di­cate ex­pan­sion and be­low 50 in­di­cate con­trac­tion. It’s the third straight month the in­dex has shown mar­ginal growth. Bei­jing has un­leashed stim­uli to bat­tle a pro­longed slow­down but has lit­tle to show for its ef­forts, with growth fall­ing to a seven-year low of 6.7 per cent in the first quar­ter of the year. Its ef­forts are be­ing hob­bled by weak de­mand from con­sumers in China and in wealthy ex­port mar­kets, with ex­ports shrink­ing by 1.8 per cent in April. Sep­a­rately, the pri­vate Caixin/Markit sur­vey was more pes­simistic, with ac­tiv­ity fall­ing to 49.2 in May from 49.4 the pre­vi­ous month.

GO­ING GLOBAL: The Amer­i­can Hospi­tal Dubai

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