World’s first 3D printed building in Dubai

The world’s first ever 3D printed office building was inaugurated in Dubai.

The futuristic building built in just 17 days, using 3D printing technology is located on the premises of the Emirates Towers premises.

The building called “Office of the Future” was inaugurated by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday. It will house the temporary office of Dubai Future Foundation.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Dubai ruler pointed out the competitive advantages of 3D printing, in term of lower costs and faster delivery will make UAE one of the most sustainable economic hubs, enabling the effective use of this technology to establish future cities in all sectors.

“We have a long-term strategy for 3D printing and by 2030 we will print 25% of Dubai’s buildings using this technology,” Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter.

The first of its kind building, spread over 250 square metres and prepared for actual office use, was built after taking into account the integration of a unique building design and 3D printing technology to offer key services within the building, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning, a statement issued by the Dubai Media Office said.

A 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide was used to print the building. A special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the United States were used in the construction of the office.

As a result of the use of 3D printing technology, labour cost was cut by more than 50 percent compared to conventional buildings of similar size.

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