According to the UAE National Innovation Committee, Dubai is going to build the world’s first 3D printed office building with a size of approximately 2,000 square feet.
The ambitious project is the result of a collaboration with WinSun Global, the Chinese company that has already 3D printed complete houses and buildings, and the engineering and architecture companies Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti and Syska Hennessy. It is the first major initiative of the “Museum of the Future”, launched by Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum in March this year.
A 20-foot tall 3D printer will be used to manufacture parts for assembly on site, combining materials such as special reinforced concrete, glass fibre reinforced gypsum and fibre reinforced plastic.
Mahamed Al Gergawi, Chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee on their vision:
“This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai. The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality. This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”