Dubai to build world's first 3D-printed office

Dubai to promote its position as global and regional centre of 3D printing in construction and design

The ‘Office’ will be approximately 185.8sqm in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20ft tall 3D printer.
The ‘Office’ will be approximately 185.8sqm in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20ft tall 3D printer.

Dubai is set to build the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building.

This move is expected to establish the UAE’s position as the global centre of technology in architecture construction and design.

Speaking on the occasion, H E Mohamed Al Gergawi, the chairman UAE National Innovation Committee, said: “We are keen to use the latest technologies to simplify people’s lives and to serve them better.

"This project is part of our overall innovation strategy to create new designs and new solutions in education, healthcare and cities. Our goal is to increase the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and to pioneer new solutions for the world.”

Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can reduce the production time of buildings by 50-70%, reduce labour costs by 50-80%, and can save between 30-60% of construction waste.

The ‘Office’ will be approximately 185.8sqm in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20ft tall 3D printer, before being assembled on site in Dubai. 

All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology, combining a mixture of Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) and Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP).

The building is the result of a partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.

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