Dubai unveils world's first 3D-printed office building
May 27, 2016 - Dubai
Dubai has opened the world's first ever fully functional 3D-printed office building, taking a step towards the Gulf's target of reducing expenditure by saving on labour cost and time.
The building is the first of its kind in the world prepared for actual use, taken into account the integration of a unique building design and 3D-printing technology to offer key services within the building, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning.
The office space covers up to 250 square metres and it designed to provide greater opportunities to stimulate innovation and communication in the workplace.
It also offers the possibilities for joint work with experts and innovators from around the world, and a platform to inspire ideas and develop relations between employees by establishing new methods for brainstorming sessions and creating a healthy and happy environment. The 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 United States. These materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the United Kingdom to ensure their reliability.
An arc shape was adopted for the building for safety purposes and to ensure the stability of the building.
Innovative features have been adopted in the office building to reduce energy consumption, including window shades to offer protection from direct sunlight and keep the building cool. Latest technology has been used in the management of information systems within the building.
A 3D-printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide was used to print the building. The printer features an automated robotic arm to implement printing process.
the labour cost was cut by more than half compared to conventional buildings of similar size and the printing process included one staff member to monitor the function of the printer, even people to install the building components on site and 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering.
To manage the execution of the project, 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, which is significantly faster than traditional construction methods involving A category office buildings in such an innovative project.
The initiative comes as part of Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, which is a unique global initiative aimed to harness this promising technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading global centre of 3D printing by 2030.
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