The first fully 3D-printed and completely functional building has celebrated its grand opening this week in Dubai. It is named the “Office of the Future,”
The 3D-printed building has all the amenities of traditionally constructed structures, such as electricity, water, telecommunications, and air conditioning. The office is also outfitted with a number of energy saving features, including window shades to protect from Dubai’s blazing sun. In order to create all the pieces needed for the office, builders used a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long, and 40 feet wide. Aside from the equipment, it took a very small team of workers to put the office together. Seven installers and 10 electricians and specialists worked together to assemble the fully functional office in just 17 days. Dubai’s media office estimates this represents a 50 percent cost savings in labor alone compared to buildings of similar size built with conventional methods.
From nano-sized structures to whole buildings: 3D printing definitely made its way to be used productively.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 24, 2016