Dubai has opened what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D printed office building.
AAP reports that the offices were printed in 17 days for $US 140,000 by WinSun Global of China, which made news in 2014 when it printed 10 houses in a day.
As with the houses, the offices were not made in one piece, and it took a further two days to assemble in Dubai following shipment of 17 building modules.
“Why 3D printing? Because it makes sense in terms of cost, in terms of time-saving, in terms of efficiency,” Saif al-Aleeli, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation told AAP. It is, according to al-Aleeli, the first “fully functional 3D printed building”.
The structures were printed out of materials including cement using six-metre-tall printers.