DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - The world's first office building made via 3D printing is slated for construction in Dubai in 2017, the UAE National Innovation Committee announced Tuesday.
A 20-foot-tall 3D printer will be used to construct the 2,000-square-foot office. 3D printing technology also will be used to produce the office furniture, detailing as well as structural components, which will be made from special reinforced concrete, glass fiber reinforced gypsum and fiber reinforced plastic.
"This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come," Mohamed Al Gergawi, chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee, said in the statement.
"This project is part of our overall innovation strategy to create new designs and new solutions in education, healthcare and cities. Our goal is to increase the happiness and well-being of our residents and to pioneer new solutions for the world," he added.
The 3D printed office project is a partnership between Dubai, WinSun Global, and architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti and Syska Hennessy. This is the first major initiative of the 'Museum of the Future', launched earlier this year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and will be used as temporary headquarters for the 'Museum of the Future' staff while the permanent museum is being built.
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