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Dubai will see its first 3D-printed villa in two months, Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of the Dubai Municipality, told the Emarat Al Youm daily. The technology would be used to build villas in a government housing programme.
“3D printing is a disruptive technology, one that promises to upend the entire real estate industry. Currently, the process is still more expensive than conventional building methods; moreover it is in its embryonic stages, being able to accommodate only rudimentary designs. However, within a 10 to 15-year time frame, it appears likely that this form of ‘printing’ will start to replace existing methods of construction,” said Sameer Lakhani, managing director of Global Capital Partners.