Dubai to build world’s first 3D printed office
Interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology.
DUBAI, UAE — Dubai has revealed its plans for the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building, an ambitious move that the country hopes will establish its position as a global centre of technology in architecture construction and design.
The building will be located close to the ‘Museum of the Future’, launched earlier this year in Dubai, and will act as temporary headquarters for its staff. It will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer, then assembled on site in a matter of weeks.
All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology.
The project is the first major initiative of the ‘Museum of the Future’ and is part of a larger partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global – a joint venture between Chinese 3D printing technology firm WinSun and international investors – along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
Its design is based on in-depth research about the requirements of future work and represents the latest thinking in workplace design. The space is open and flexible, allowing for a range of uses and team sizes, and will bring together professionals, community members, and experts through a mix of public and private events.
It will also feature a small digital fabrication facility and a 3D printing exhibition space.
Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can reduce production times by up to 70%, reduce labour costs by up to 80%, and can save between up to 60% of construction waste.