World’s First Fully Functional 3D-Printed Office Opens In Dubai


The world’s first fully functional 3D printed building was inaugurated in Dubai on Monday by “Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum”, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


The 2,700-square-foot, single-story building was built in just 17 days using a huge, 20-foot tall 3D printer and a special mix of concrete, fiber shatterproof plastic and glass fiber reinforced gypsum and costs about $140,000.


The new building’s purpose is to showcase the United Arab Emirates’ commitment to advance and looking to the future, and promote the UAE as a world leader in 3D printing.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, signs on the board during the official opening of the world's first functional 3D printed offices in Dubai May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah


Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter: “We have a long term strategy for 3D printing and by 2030 we will print 25% of Dubai’s buildings using this technology” .


The unique building on the Emirates Towers site will house the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation.