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Dubai announces plans for world's first 3D printed office building

By midian182
Jul 1, 2015
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    Dubai has announced plans to build the world's first fully functional 3D printed office building. Mohamed Al Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the National Innovation Committee, said on Tuesday that the one-storey prototype building will have about 2000 square feet of floor space and be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall printer.

    It would then be assembled on site within a few weeks. Interior furniture and structural components would also be built through 3D printing with reinforced concrete, gypsum reinforced with glass fiber, and plastic.

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    dubai 3d printers 3d printing 3d printed office

    Those behind the project have said using this printing method will reduce costs and construction time by at least 50%, and expect construction waste to drop by 30-60%.

    The work is to be carried out by Chinese 3D-printing firm Winsun Global, who have a history of large-scale 3D-printed structures, including a six-storey apartment building. Other major firms will also contribute to the Dubai project, including Gensler, Thornton Tomasetti, and Syska Hennessy Group.

    No precise timeframe for completion has been given, although the office will initially house the staff of the Museum of the Future, which is set to open in 2017.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    Building actual businesses/homes with 3D printing huge Lego Blocks. Send me a catalog of all the different Lego block designs. lol
     
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    How about three d printed food? They print organs.
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    I'm sure you could eat the 3D printed organs, if you didn't fear being called a cannibal.
     
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  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,660   +767

    Considering the way they build some of these places these days it certainly might be a major improvement! Althought I'm not quite sure about the 3-D printed toilets .... and the 3-D TP ...... oh lord!!!!
     
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Wonder how these buildings are for heat transfer versus conventional building materials. Will be interesting to find out how these fair in the Middle East climate. Let's hope they don't build anything opposite a building like the Shard in London - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-23930675
     
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    My only issue with 3D printed buildings is what if you want to renovate/remodel the place.
     

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