Through a partnership between Dubai and Winsun Global, a Chinese 3D printing technology company, Dubai is set to build the world’s first 3D-printed office building. Winsun Global will print the office layer by layer using a 3d printer that measures 20 ft in height, the same 3d printer which they used to 3D print a 6 story apartment building in Shanghai last year.
The 3D printed office building will cover over 2,000 sq feet, and will only take weeks to complete its construction. The office building will stand as a temporary headquarter to Dubai’s Museum of the Future, which was launched earlier this year.
While it is still a temporary building, the 3D printed office building will showcase 3D printing exhibition space, small digital fabrication facility, interior furniture and structural components produced with 3D printing technoloty.
This project is the first initiative of the Museum, and is joined by international investors and investment firms. WinSun will oversee most parts of the project, and will implement the same technology they used to 3d print the apartment building in Shanghail.
H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affiars and the Chariman of UAE national Innovation Committee, “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.”
With its previous project, WinSun started with a basic CAD drawing which they fed to the massive 3D printer that was able to fabricate the structure piece-by-piece using a specially formulated and patented ‘ink’.