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Dubai Opens World’s First 3D Printed “Office of the Future”

What has been announced by the UAE National Innovation Committee in June last year, has already become a reality: Dubai opens the world’s first 3D printed office building, constructed in just 17 days.

With their 3D Printing Strategy in place, introduced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid earlier this month,  Dubai seems to make one head line after the other. Located on the Emirates Towers premises, the “Office of the Future” will house the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation.

The Sheikh stated upon the inauguration: “”We see this project as a case study that will benefit regulators as well as research and development centres at the regional and international levels on real application of 3-D printing technology. We are documenting this experience and building on it to take advantage of the most important lessons, which will serve as reference points to take this technology to new levels.”

Covering up to 250 square meters, the unique building was designed with key services such as electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning in mind. It was 3D printed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the U.S. These materials have been tested for their reliability in China and the U.K. The building’s arc shape was chosen for safety purposes and ensures its stability.

The printer used for the construction is equipped with an automated robotic arm that extrudes the cement material. It has an impressive footprint of 120 x 40 x 20 feet (36.6 x 12.2 x 6 meters). The printing process itself took only 17 days, with internal and external designs being adopted on site afterwards.

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