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3D-printed office building planned

Office will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer

The United Arab Emirates says the Gulf commercial hub of Dubai will soon add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.

Emirati minister of cabinet affairs Mohammed al-Gergawi said the project is part of a broader effort to embrace cutting-edge technology and make the Gulf state "a global hub for innovation and 3D printing".

The 2,000sq ft office building and the furniture used inside will be printed out layer-by-layer from a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic.

The project is a partnership with WinSun Global, a Chinese company which has begun assembling buildings made using 3D printers.

Dubai is already home to the world's tallest building, the 2,717ft Burj Khalifa.

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