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