Using the new 3D printing technology, Dubai announced fininshing the first 3D-printed office in the world.
“We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories”; these were the first words of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who was delighted and proud of what UAE could achieve, pointing out that the UAE has emerged and characterized around the world in different fields, and was one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world.
With the present of number of officials such as Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation; HH sheikh Mohamed announced ” This is an experience we present to the world on implementing future technology in our lives, and it represents a new milestone for the UAE as a global leader in strategic achievements”.
He added: ” We are documenting the experience of this project as a case study that will benefit to take advantage and serve as reference points to take the 3D printing technology to new levels”.
This 3D-printed office building is not just a building with a unique design, however, it is prepared for actual use and provided with the key services, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning.
As for the building, it covers the space of more than 250 square meters. The exterior design reflects the highest level of innovative forms and is considered as a shift from the traditional form of workplace environment. A mixture of cement along with special materials were used in building this office, it underwent a series of tests in China and the United Kingdom before starting to implement it.
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 to implement printing process. While for constructing, a group of seven people were needed to install the building components on site, a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering, and only one specialist to supervise the printing process.