From spraying toner on paper to setting layers of plastic resin until the layers add up to an object and enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot, 3D printing is ushering in a new era.
Dubai has been quick to cash in on this modern manufacturing miracle. The world’s first ever fully functional 3D-printed office was inaugurated in Dubai earlier this year at Emirates Towers. The entire building was printed and assembled in a matter of weeks! Believe it or not, the offices, including all furniture and structural components, were fabricated using a 3D printer.
Even better is that the fact that this “Office of the Future,” represents a 50 percent cost savings in labour alone compared to similar-sized buildings built with conventional methods. By lowering costs and reducing the time taken to implement projects, 3D printing will reduce manpower requirements and waste generated from construction which can be harmful to the environment.
The government has announced plans to make Dubai a leading hub of 3D printing technology. A key goal of this vision is to ensure that 25 percent of buildings in Dubai are based on 3D printing technology by 2030.
Developed by Dubai Holding, the International Centre for 3D Printing will offer a platform for designers, manufacturers and suppliers to meet and connect. It will also include research centres and labs for testing of 3D printed products, advanced infrastructure, offices, warehouses, exhibition facilities and encourage 3D printing for the construction and medical industries.
You don’t need all of the capital involved in the creation of things anymore.
You now have the opportunity to do it yourself and in a detailed manner.
3D printing is being applied to materials ranging from chocolate to concrete, so as an entrepreuner, it is important that you understand how the technology can be used for a for competitive advantage – before your competitors do.
Take advantage of the future of architecture. Set up your business in Dubai today.
Henri was born and raised in Lebanon and studied at University of Saint Joseph. He is an avid fan of extreme sports and RC car racing. He is fluent in French and Arabic, he has traveled extensively throughout the region and Europe for both for leisure and business.