Since China had constructed the World’s First 3D Printed Apartment last year, Dubai, the home of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, cannot afford to stay behind the latest technology and innovation in the AEC industry.
Last May 23, 2016, UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inagurated the “Office of the Future” World’s First 3D Printed Office Building, a 250 square-meter structure, which will be used as a temporary office for Dubai Future Foundation and will serve as a temporary headquarters for staff of the nearby “Museum of the Future”. This is a part of Dubai 3D Printing Strategy to promote UAE and Dubai as a leading global centre of 3D Printing by 2030.
The 3D-printed office was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the United States. These materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the United Kingdom to ensure their reliability. An arc shape was adopted for the building for safety purposes and to ensure the stability of the building.
INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
A very large 3D-printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide (6 x 36 x 12 M) was used to print the building. The printer features an automated robotic arm to implement printing process which extruded the cement layer by layer.
It has all the amenities of traditionally constructed structures, such as electricity, water, telecommunications, and air conditioning. Introducing window shades protects from direct sunlight and keeps the building cool thus reducing energy costs. Latest technology has been also used in the management of information systems within the building.
The advantage of 3D printing is lower in costs, faster delivery and construction. The printing took 17 days off-site and delivered to site to install in 2 days. Labour costs was 50% less compared to conventional buildings of similar size. It only had one staff to monitor the function of the printer, 7 people to install the building components on site and 10 people in charge of the mechanical and engineering.
Watch the short video of the construction method from YouTube. (Video is in Arabic)
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(Source: Government of Dubai Media Office)