In a bid to lead the world in 3D printing, the Ruler of Dubai has opened the world’s first 3D printed office.
Inaugurated yesterday, the 250-sq-m office was printed and installed in 17 days, with the help of 18 people, including the operator of the printer, the Dubai government’s media office said.
A 3D-print machine measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide – equipped with a robotic printing arm – was used.
The building was installed on the premises of Emirates Towers, and will be the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation.
"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," said Dubai’s Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Interior of the office, which will be the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation (Government of Dubai Media Office)
"We are documenting this experience and building on it to take advantage of the most important lessons, which will serve as reference points to take this technology to new levels."
The printer extruded a mixture of cement and other materials designed and made in the UAE and the US.
These materials underwent testing in China and the UK to ensure their reliability, the media office said.
The office is part of the government’s "Dubai 3D Printing Strategy", an initiative to promote Dubai as a global centre of 3D printing by 2030. The strategy focuses on construction, medical products, and consumer products.
Top image: The building was installed on the premises of Emirates Towers (Government of Dubai Media Office)