SADAF: 3D PRINTED BUS STOP
MIDDLE EAST ARCHITECTURE NETWORK (MEAN)
ROAD & TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY OF DUBAI (RTA)
‘Sadaf’ is a 3D-Printed Bus Stop Scheme developed by MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network), for the Roads and
Transport Authority (RTA). The project proposes a future where 3D
printing is utilized to build the infrastructure of Dubai.
The design references the form of the seashells found on the beaches of the city. Additive manufacturing is a process found in nature, in which layers of material are added to make complex optimal structures, a process that saves time, resources and
energy. The bus stop is designed to be panellized in pieces, which would fit the bounding box of industrial 3D printers.
Every piece is unique, and interlocks to its neighbour to easily construct the structure. The modules of the bus stop could be transported to 2000 locations across the city and assembled into a durable, efficient structure; a Bus Stop that gives a new identity
to the city of Dubai.
FDM 3D Printing
SLS 3D Printing
SHELL CASTING PROCESS
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© Architecture Association School of Architecture