The office will be approximately 2,000 ft2 in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20 ft tall 3D printer. All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology, combining a mixture of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), special reinforced concrete (SRC), and glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GRG).
According to the article, experts estimate that 3D printing technology could reduce the production time of buildings by 50 to 70%, reduce labour costs by 50 to 80%, and can save between 30 and 60% of construction waste.
‘This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai,’ said Mohamed Al Gergawi, the chairman 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.’
This story is reprinted from material from Gulf News, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.