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3D-printed office building planned

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

Published 30/06/2015

A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
Dubai already boasts an impressive skyline

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.

A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
A view of the proposed 3-D printed office building. Image: UAE National Innovation Committee
Dubai already boasts an impressive skyline

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