Dubai Ruler unveils first 3D printed office

A 3D-printer 20ft high, 120ft long, and 40ft wide was used to print Office of the Future, that took 17 days and less than 20 on-site labourers to develop

Office of the Future took 17 days to build. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Office of the Future took 17 days to build. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai's first 3D printed office building has been inaugurated. 

Office of the Future, which took 17 days to develop, was unveiled by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

The building is situated within the Emirates Towers' premises in the city.

The office space covers 250sqm, and its design also offers space for exhibitions and workshops as well as other events.

The 3D-printed office was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the US.

These materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the UK to ensure their reliability.

An arc shape was adopted for the building for safety purposes and to ensure the stability of the building.

Systems to reduce energy consumption, such as window shades to offer protection from direct sunlight and keep the building cool, were also incorporated in the building. 

A 3D-printer 20ft high, 120ft long, and 40ft wide was used to print the building.

The printer features an automated robotic arm to implement printing process.

The labour involved in the printing process included one staff to monitor the function of the printer, in addition to a group of seven people to install the building components on site as well as a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering.

As a result, the labour cost was cut by more than 50% compared to conventional buildings of similar size.

Additional mobile printers were located at the construction site, in addition to the use of advanced computers to help ensure quality control, facilitate the printing processes, and form effective and productive basement for different projects requirements.

The full model took only 17 days to print after which the internal and external designs were adopted.

The office was installed on site within two days to cat A fit-out standards, according to Dubai Media Office.

A statement on the Dubai Ruler's website read: "We announce today the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than a month of launching the Dubai 3D printing Strategy which showcases a modern model of construction.

"We see this project as a case study that will benefit regulators as well as research and development centres at the regional and international levels on real application of 3D printing technology," Sheikh Mohammed added.


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