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Dubai to be home to 'world’s first' working 3D-printer building

UAE’s National Innovation Committee announces plan to construct 2000sq-ft structure with 20ft-tall printer

The NIC said the finished building would be ‘located at a busy intersection in the heart of Dubai’.
The NIC said the finished building would be ‘located at a busy intersection in the heart of Dubai’.

The "world's first" fully functional building to be built entirely by 3D-printer will be in Dubai, national daily 7 Days reported.

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The UAE National Innovation Committee said the project would produce a working office structure and that all furniture and internal structural components would also be made using a 3D-printer.

The 3D-printer to be used will be 20 feet tall and will produce elements made from special reinforced concrete (SRC), glass-fibre-reinforced gypsum (GRG) and fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP). The finished product will be 2000sq-ft office space.

The NIC did not disclose the structure's exact intended location or precise use except to say it would be "located at a busy intersection in the heart of Dubai" and "is designed to bring together different professionals, community members, and experts through a mix of public events".

"The idea of 3D-printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality", said NIC chairman Mohamed Al Gergawi. "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."

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Construction industry specialists cited by 7 Days estimate that 3D-printing technology can accelerate the time taken to erect buildings by 50% to 70%, reduce labour costs by 50% to 80%, and lessen construction waste by between 30% and 60%.