Printed office marks start of push for ‘3D cities’
There are office printers that spit out documents and others that always seem to jam. And then there those that make the office itself.
A small group of employees in Dubai is starting to move into a new workspace thought to be the world’s first functional office building made using three-dimensional printer technology.
The whitewashed buildings were unveiled last week and photographers were allowed inside for the first time on Tuesday.
The compact office was printed out layer by layer over 17 days at a cost of Dhs500,000, said Saif Al Aleeli, the CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, a government initiative that is behind the project.
Features include a treeshaded outdoor garden deck and LED lights that automatically adjust to the brightness outside.
“Why 3D printing? Because it makes sense in terms of cost, in terms of time-saving, in terms of efficiency,” the 29-year-old Al Aleeli said.
“We really believe that this technology will revolutionise the construction, the development sector as well as other sectors... the medical sector... consumable products.”
Products made using 3D printing are first designed on a computer and then printed out using a variety of materials, including metal, plastic and concrete. Developers are finding a growing
GOOD DAY AT THE OFFICE: The 3D-printed offices cost just Dhs500,000 and took 17 days to build