Dubai to Build World's First 3D Printed Building

The United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee has unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D printed structure with a massive, 20-foot-tall 3D printer. Though many structures have utilized 3D printing, none have been entirely built by using the technology. Everything - the building's structure, interior finishes, and furniture - will be 3D printed in sections and then assembled on site. The 2,000-square-foot building will then be used to house the Museum of the Future headquarters in Dubai.

“This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai,” Al Gergawi, the Chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee explained. “The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,” he added. “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. 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.” This is the first step of many more to come.”

Construction is expect to last just a few weeks. Labor costs will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent and construction waste will be eliminated by up to 60 percent. 

Leading this project will be WinSun Global, a company who has 3D printed an apartment building as well as a home late last year in China, as well as GenslerThornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy, all which are leading engineering and architecture firms.

Bridge Built by 3D Printer to Debut in Amsterdam

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There are over 1,200 bridges throughout Amsterdam's canals, some dating as far back as the 17th century, but the city is about to add one more. Dutch company, MX3D has partnered with Joris Laarman Lab, and several other supporters, in a collaboration that will create an intricate steel pedestrian bridge made entirely by 3D printers. 

To construct the bridge, 6-axis industrial robots will be used, each equipped with 3D printing hardware with the ability to “print metals, plastics, and combinations of materials in virtually any format.” At least two of these 3D printing robots will be used, one beginning on each bank and then meeting in the middle, building the bridge in mid air. 

“I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in ‘the new craft.’ This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form," said Joris Laarman, the designer of the bridge. "The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”

The exact location of the bridge has yet to be released. To watch a video on this daring project, click here