Dubai has just opened the world’s first 3D printed building. At 250 square meters, and built in just 17 days, the building is equipped with electricity, water, telecommunications, and air conditioning. Dubbed “Office of the Future,” the building is located on Emirates Towers premises. It will house the office of the Dubai Future Foundation.
The 3D printed structure was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum on May 23, 2016. He said on Twitter, “We have a long-term strategy for 3D printing and by 2030 we will print 25% of Dubai’s buildings using this technology.”
The building was made using a 3D printer 20 feet high, 120 feet long, and 40 feet wide. A mixture of cement and building materials made in the United Arab Emirates and the US were used for construction. Using 3D printing technology cut labor costs by more than 50 percent.– Sally Soltero, Product Development Engineer of CRU Global Innovations
What comes to mind when you hear the name Elon Musk? SpaceX? Tesla Motors? PayPal? SolarCity? What about Hyperloop?
In August 2013, Musk revealed plans for a 760 mph ground transportation system called Hyperloop. The design included a route from Los Angeles to San Francisco with an expected travel time of 35 minutes. The project was to cost at least $6 billion.
In June 2015, in hopes of accelerating development of a working prototype, SpaceX announced it would be sponsoring an official Hyperloop pod competition. It was to team up with AECOM to build a one-mile test track near the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The competition received over 700 team applications within a month. 120 teams were invited to a Design Weekend at Texas A&M University in January 2016. At the event, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took home the prize for Best Overall Design. However, a total of thirty teams will be allowed to move on and build a human-scale prototype for their design. These teams include students still in high school, students from the local UC Irvine, and even one non-student team organized on the website Reddit.
If you did not previously associate the name Elon Musk with Hyperloop, you will by the time the test track competition weekend rolls around near August 2016. – Sally Soltero, Product Development Engineer of CRU Global Innovations