AFFAN: A Part of The World’s First 3D Printed Building

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


Sheikh Maktoum said: “We announce today the opening of the first 3D- printed office in the world, after less than a month of launching the Dubai 3D printing strategy which showcase a modern model of construction. This is an experience we present to the world on implementing future technology in our lives, and it represents a new milestone for the UAE as a global leader strategic achievements.”

The Vice-President pointed out that the competitive advantages of 3D printing in terms of lower costs and faster delivery will make UAE one of the most important sustainable economic hubs, enabling the effective use of this technology to establish future cities in all sectors.

The first 3D printed office building of its kind in the world prepared for actual use has taken into account the integration of a unique building design and 3D printing technology to offer key services within the building, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and air-conditioning.

The world’s first 3D printed office space covers up to 250 square metres, while the exterior design reflects the most innovative forms of the future workplace. The design has been conceived to achieve a shift from the traditional form of work environments and provide greater opportunities to stimulate innovation and communication between workplace teams. It also offers the possibilities for joint work with experts and innovators from around the world, and a platform to inspire ideas and develop relations between employees by establishing new methods for brainstorming sessions and creating a healthy and happy environment. The design also offers space for exhibitions and workshops as well as other events.

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The 3D printed office was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building materials designed and made in the UAE and the United States. These materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the United Kingdom to ensure their reliability. An arc shape was adopted for the building for safety purposes and to ensure the stability of the building.

Affan were introduced to the project team to add their experience and technical support. Initially the 3D model was prepared and submitted to finalize the complex end caps. Upon approval the 3D machining was completed in a matter of weeks for installation on site by the Project Team. This assured a completion within the Clients time frame for opening of the state of the art structure.

A view of the world's first functional 3D printed offices are seen in Dubai May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah