In the world of 3D printing, we’ve heard almost countless benefits of this technology. From 3D printed engine to a 3D printed bionic arm, and even a 3D printed pizza, everything seems possible. Well, Dubai has also taken advantage of 3D printing advantages and is now upping the ante.
Using materials from a 3D printer, the Emirates had come up with an astonishing office building design. Based from the statement released by UAE National Innovation Committee, the one-story prototype building will have a height of approximately 2000 sq. ft. of floor space which will be printed layer by layer by a 20-foot tall printer.
The use of 3D printed structures is expected to lessen construction time by 50-70%. When it comes to the labor costs, it was expected to be reduced by 50-80%. The building is expected to be assembled onsite in a few weeks, with interior furniture and components also planned to be 3D printed through a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum reinforced glass fiber, and plastic.
Dubai had come up with this project together with Winsun Global, a 3D construction company that is based in China. It is also the same company that is responsible for the first 3D printed six-story villa in the world and also the international architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
The building to be raised in Dubai will be the temporary office for the staff of the Museum of the Future, while the museum is under construction. This only goes to show 3D printing on a construction level could affect architecture “at the expense of integrity.”