World’s first 3D printed office opens in Dubai
Back in April a new strategy was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to utilise 3D printing to promote the status of Dubai. But we weren’t expecting to see results so soon…
His Highness revealed the ‘Office of the Future’ on Twitter, which is the very first 3D printed office in the world. Opened in DIFC in the gardens of Emirates Towers, the building was constructed using a 3D printer with a robotic arm 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide.
Designed to be a futuristic work space, the office covers 250 square metres. Inside there are areas for brainstorming sessions and collaborative work to create a healthy, modern office environment.
لدينا استراتيجية طويلة المدى للطباعة ثلاثية الأبعاد وبحلول 2030 ستتم طباعة 25% من مباني دبي باستخدام هذه التقنية pic.twitter.com/LU96QD6beu— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) May 23, 2016
According to Khaleej Times, the labour costs were cut in half when compared to the usual construction costs of a building of this size. It took only one person to monitor the printer, a further seven people to install building components and a small team of 10 specialists to take care of mechanical and electrical engineering.
When launching the 3D printing strategy Sheikh Mohammed said: “Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy.”
It’s hoped that by 2030, 25 percent of buildings in Dubai will be built with a 3D printer.
But it doesn’t stop there. 3D printers can be used for a huge scope of other things, and it seems that Dubai will be taking advantage of this. In the medical industry, the printers are used to make teeth, bones and artificial organs, while consumer products like fashion jewellery, household items and fast food.