07 July 2015
07 July 2015
Dubai is planning to build the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building.
According to Dubai and WinSun Global, the office will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer. It will then be assembled on site in Dubai in just a few weeks. All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology, combining a mixture of Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) and Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP). This combination will make it the most advanced 3D printed structure ever built at this scale and the first to be put into actual use.
“This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai,” Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, said. “The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,” he added. “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.”
The building is the result of a partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
The project is the first major initiative of the ‘Museum of the Future’, launched earlier this year by Shaikh Mohammad.
Photo courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti.
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