On Tuesday, 24th May 2016, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, the Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated what claims to be world’s first 3D-printed office building. Located in the centre of the city, this office will be the temporary headquarters of the Dubai Future Foundation, which is the company behind this project as well.
Costing around $140,000 this office was built in 17 days, It only took one 3d printing specialist, seven men to perform installations and ten electricians. With a floor space of 250 square meters and one storey high, a custom robotic 3D printer was used having a dimension of 20x120x40 (foot).
The official news agency WAM said that the construction used a special mixture of cement and construction material from the U.S. and U.K. The reliability tests were performed in Britain and China. Interstingly the construction of electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning systems have also been done by 3D-printing.
Mohamed Al Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs said - “This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it’s not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff,”. “We believe this is just the beginning. The world will change”, he added.
Using this latest technology the building time by 50-70% and labour costs by 50-80%. Dubai’s strategy is to have 25% of its buildings 3D-printed by 2030 and is one of the biggest 3D printing adoption programmes in the world.