Dubai To Have The First 3D Printed Office In The World

The world of 3D printing is one of the most rapidly growing new tech fields and Dubai, once again, has put itself ahead of the curve by proposing to build world’s first 3D printed office. The 3D printed office is an ambitious undertaking by the UAE National Innovation Committee in Dubai and WinSun Global. They are also collaborating with the premiere architecture and engineering firms of Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy. The UAE NIC hopes that this project will establish their nation as one of the world’s leaders in architecture construction and design.

The proposed building will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer. The plan is to print the different parts of the 2,000 square foot office’s structural components and then fill it with fully functional 3D printed furniture and detailing.

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While 3D printed buildings are often thought of as not very stable or structurally sound, this new office hopes to crush those preconceived notions. They will be combining Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG), and Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP). They hope that this new mixture will become a standard for practical 3D building printing.

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The UAE NIC predict that this 3D printing technology will help to cut labor costs by up to 80% and will reduce the amount of time it takes to erect a building by a staggering 70%. In addition to time and cost effectiveness, they also hope that they can reduce construction waste by up to 60%, leading to a more sustainable future.

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Dec. 19, 2018