Printed of­fice marks start of push for ‘3D cities’

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

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

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