Dubai has announced that it will build a 3D printed office space for workers at its Museum of The Future.
Reuters reports that Mohamed Al Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates minister of cabinet affairs, said the process would save an estimated 50 – 80 per cent on labour costs and 50 – 70 per cent on building time.
The offices will be printed using a six-metre tall printer, with the component parts assembled on site in a matter of days. The furniture and detailing will also be 3D printed.
"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," Gizmag quotes Al Gergawi as saying.
"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."
The offices will include a 3D printing exhibition area, digital fabrication facility, and 185 square metres of floor space.
It is the first project in a partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global (WinSun Global is a joint venture between WinSun and international investors).