The project was unveiled by Dubai’s Museum of the Future and is being billed as the first 3D printed Office building in the world. The project was first announced in June 2015 with the view of showcasing the UAE as a world leader in 3D printing. The city active initiatives toward encouraging 3D printing are set to make it the world’s leading destination in this "additive manufacturing" technology, a leading 3D printing expert has said.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched during 2016 the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030.
“We announce the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than one month of launching Dubai 3D printing strategy which showcases a modern model of construction. This is an experience we present to the world on utilizing future technology in people lives” he said in May, 2016.
The building in Dubai took 17 days in total to print and was produced layer by layer for a special cement mixture at a cost of around €170,000. Following the print, the interior and exterior design details were added. The print and design were monitored by a team of 18 electricians and engineers who were responsible for watching over the 3d printing process. This relatively small team represents a saving of 50% on normal labour costs presenting an economical advantage of 3D printing in architecture.
The building uses Chinese company WinSun´s tilt-up technology, where the floor, walls and ceiling are all printed on their side in 2D layer by layer, then tilted vertically. It's a really clever system, although it probably is limited to single story buildings. When WinSun has done multi-storey structures , they have not done the tilting up and have instead dropped or poured floors on the walls. But it's perfect for this kind of use. Ideally, the printer would be located at the job site in Dubai, but in this case it was built in WinSun’s factory in China. The modules were cut in half so that they could be shipped more easily and reassembled on site.
The 3D printed office will be used by the Dubai Future Foundation along with housing exhibitions and workshops.
Clearly there is no limit to the potential offered through the development of 3D printing.
3D printing market will reach € 33.5 Billion by 2022, says researchers.