The world’s first 3-D-printed office is to be built in Dubai

A six-metre-tall 3-D printer will be assembled on site to create the 185 square metre office, big enough for 16 people.

The office will be a temporary headquarters for staff from the Museum of the Future, which was launched this year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and is due to open in 2017 in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road.

The furniture and interior detailing will also be 3-D printed. The project will use reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic.

“The idea of 3-D printing buildings was once a dream but today it has become a reality,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, chairman of the National Innovation Committee. The project would play a “major role in reshaping construction and design”.

The technique has been used mostly for making small models of development projects, although there are plans for robot 3-D printers to build a bridge across a canal in Amsterdam. Read more….