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The 250 square metres building took 17 days to print and was installed on site in two days
A 3D-printer was used to print the building. The arc-shaped office cost about US$140,000 and was constructed using a mixture of cement and a set of building materials designed and made in the UAE and the United States.
"This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it's not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff. We believe this is just the beginning. The world will change," said the United Arab Emirates minister of cabinet affairs Mohamed Al Gergawi. He also added that studies have estimated the technique could cut building time by 50-70 per cent and labour costs by 50-80 per cent.
The office was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but our achievements,” Sheikh Mohammed said at the opening.
The opening of the building comes one month after the launch of the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, and the forecast that 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai will have 3D-printed elements by 2030.