China’s slowdown continues
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