By now, most everyone has probably heard about the incredible feats that 3d printers are capable of from printing firearms that can shoot real ammo to the production of prosthetics that can change the life of someone with a disability. It seems that the possibilities are endless with the fascinating devices and I just read an article about another amazing undertaking by none other than the city that strives to never be outdone – Dubai. They plan to design and print a full office with the assistance of a 3d printer. This is something that is both innovative and awe-inspiring and those interested can read the entire article here: The printing of an office.
The office mockups show that it will be a marvel of architectural design and take a top spot in the world of modern marvels all while being constructed from materials that are shaped by a 3d printer. Special reinforced concrete, fiber reinforced plastic and glass fiber reinforced gypsum to be more specific in regards to the ingredients. This project is going to take 3d printer capabilities to the next level and may very well change the way design and production is done in some cases. One can imagine a consumer shopping for a home by toying with an app until they have created a unique design that intrigues them. Then, some checks can be done by engineers to insure the feasibility of their design and the print button is pressed. Voila, a one-off home in no time at all.
Mohammed Al Gergawi is a leader of the UAE National Innovation Committee and he hopes that this will be the start of many projects which will pioneer the inclusion of 3d printing in construction projects and at the same time secure Dubai a spot as the global hub for design innovation through 3d printing. As the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Al Gergawi has already shown a keen eye for a fresh prospective on whatever initiatives he encounters, like this piece about Al Gergawi from 7 Days From Dubai. The launch of the $4.5 billion Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Healthcare City, and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Arab Management Award are all linked to his name and the leadership which he continues to provide to his country.
His work reads like a veritable rapsheet of impressive projects and movements which anyone would be proud to place on their resume. Al Gergawi has contributed to media projects like Dubai Media City, social projects like the Dubai Austism Center, was a mentor at the World Economic Forum, and other regional initiatives. If his success is any indicator then this 3d office building will be inspiring to anyone who is able to visit or read about it. Dubai continues to advance in ways that set it a level above the competition when it comes to countries.