Dubai just unveiled what might be a chilling vision of the future – at least if you work in the building trade – an entire 3D-printed building.
The office building is made of a special cement mixture, and was ‘printed’ by a machine measuring 20ft by 120ft by 40ft in the space of 17 days.
Dubai officials said that they hoped that 50% of the buildings in Dubai would be 3D-printed by 2030 – saying that the technology can cut construction time by 50%.
The printers – used industrially and also on a smaller scale to make digitally designed, three-dimensional objects from plastic – have not been used much for building.
This one used a special mixture of cement, a Dubai government statement said, and reliability tests were done in Britain and China.
The one-storey prototype building has a floorspace2,700 square feet. ‘This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it’s not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff,’ the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi, said. “We believe this is just the beginning. The world will change,” he said.