World's first 3D-printed office building to go up layer by layer in Dubai
Alreadyhome to numerous architectural wonders, including the world's tallest building,Dubai is set to add the world's first 3D-printed office building to itsstreets. It will be printed layer by layer by a 3D printer standing 20 ft (6 m) tall, with the layers to be assembled on site to produce a building covering approximately 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) in a process that is set to take a matter of weeks.
The office building, which wouldn't look out of place in a 1970's sciencefiction show set in the present day, will serve as a temporary headquarters forstaff of the nearby "Museum of the Future" that launched earlier thisyear. As such, it won't be quite as intricate as some other 3D-printedarchitecture we've seen, but will feature a flexible open plan to accommodate a range ofuses and team sizes. It will also house a small digital fabrication facilityand 3D printing exhibition space, with all interior furniture, detailing and structural components to be produced using 3D printing technology.
Theproject is the Museum's first major initiative and part of a partnershipbetween Dubai and WinSun Global, which is a joint venture between Chinese 3Dprinting technology company WinSun and international investors. WinSun is alsothe company responsible for constructing 10 small houses in one day last yearusing a 22-ft (6.6-m) tall 3D printer. The Museum claims the office building will be the most advanced 3D-printed structure ever built, and the first to be put to actual use.
"This building will be atestimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which webelieve will play a major role in reshaping construction and designsectors," said H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi ,UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National InnovationCommittee. "We aim to take advantage of thisgrowth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is thefirst step of many more to come."
Source:Museum of the Future