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Dubai building will be entirely 3D printed, right down to the furniture

Billy Steele
07.02.15
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The uses for 3D printing are seemingly endless. We've seen the tech used by doctors, to build cars and for construction. While parts of a building have been 3D printed before, the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee is working to use the method for an entire office building in Dubai. Working with WinSun Global and a few other companies, the committee plans to use a 20-foot tall 3D printer to make everything on-site rather than fabricate the pieces and have them transported for assembly. WinSun Global has already printed a six-story apartment building and a house in China. As you might expect, the structure is small, measuring 2,000 square feet.

According to 3DPrint.com, the project with use Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP), and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG). Heck, even the furniture that's going inside will be 3D printed in addition to both the interior and exterior walls. Using this method of construction, the office building is said to be ready in "just a few weeks," and should cut labor costs by 50-80 percent and construction waste by 30-60 percent. "Office" is being used to describe the structure, but it'll be used for a variety of purposes, including exhibitions as part of the Dubai's Museum of the Future that's slated for a 2017 opening.

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