As Dutch is working on to 3D print a bridge, Dubai is looking at building the world’s first office building using a 3D printer. It is the first initiative of the city’s earlier announced Museum of the Future and part of a larger focus by the city on major cultural projects.
The building will have one-story with 2000 square feet and even structural components will be printed using the 3D printer. Every item from the building components to interior furniture will be printed layer-by-layer from a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic. Once all the layers are printed, they would be brought to site and assembled in matter of weeks.
The United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawai has said that every layer of the building will be printed using a 20-foot tall printer. “This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors,” he said
The partnership between the Gulf State and WinSun Global, that includes the Chinese 3D printing technology firm Winsun and investors along with architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti and Syska Hennessy, has resulted in this project to print 3D printers to build homes. According to Gergawi, 3D printing could serve as a better alternative to building, as it can lessen the building time and labor costs by over 50%.
The building is planned to function as the temporary headquarters for the staff of the $136 million Museum of the Future, which is planned as a place to showcase innovation and produce futuristic innovations in various fields like healthcare, education, energy and transportation. The museum is expected to open in 2017 in a seven-storey oval ring-shaped structure near the Burj Khalifa and the 3D printed building will be located closeby. According to Dubai, the 3D printed office will be the most advanced 3-D printed structure ever built at this scale.
The time that would be taken to print the building or the cost involved in creating it is not disclosed to the public.
Dubai is already known for its number of wonderful manmade structures like the fanciful islands, recently opened miracle garden, world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and this 3D printed building would be another feather to its hat.