Skip to main content

Dubai’s going to 3D-print an office building – and everything inside it

dubai 3d printed office building offce
Image used with permission by copyright holder
You name it, a 3D printer can pretty much build it. Pizzas, shoes, gunsprosthetic paws, the list goes on.

Not a place to do things by halves, Dubai is planning to show what it, too, can do with a 3D printer, recently unveiling plans to knock out an entire office building and the gear to go inside it.

The ambitious project has been cooked up by the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee as part of the UAE’s long-term goal to position itself as a world leader in technology and architecture.

While 3D printers have already been used to create frames for houses, the team behind the Dubai project is keen to go the whole hog and print the office furniture, too. In fact, it’d probably print the workers if it could. But it can’t (yet).

According to, the 2,000-square-feet building will be constructed in the center of Dubai using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer. The machine will create the parts at the actual site, as opposed to having them printed elsewhere and shipped in.

Several companies are involved in the project, among them Shanghai-based WinSun Global, which gained attention last year when it unveiled a massive 3D printer capable of creating frames for houses in super-quick time.

With the Dubai project also noted for its speed – construction is expected to take just a few weeks – it seems likely that WinSun is using the same machine as it used for its printed houses in China.

The company creates the exterior of the building with a mix of cement and construction waste, layer by layer, “a process much like how a baker might ice a cake,” the company says on its website.

The printed concrete is treated with special hardeners to ensure that each layer is able to support the next one. The parts are then joined together to create the building. Fiber reinforced plastic and glass fiber reinforced gypsum will also be used in the building’s construction.

Dubai’s first ever 3D-printed office building will be used for a variety of purposes, including, rather aptly, to house an exhibition about 3D printing.

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Check out these 3D-printable getups
3D printed Halloween costumes

Still not sure what to dress up as for Halloween this year? Well, instead of frantically scrambling around town looking for the right shop with the right stuff, have you considered 3D printing your Halloween costume? Check out our list of 3D-printable masks and costume pieces to get all geared up for this year's spooking, then fire up that printer.

If you've already finished your costume and want to get started on your scary movie watchlist, we've put together a list of the best horror movies on Netflix.
Squid Game soldier mask

Read more
NASA is testing a 3D printer that uses moon dust to print in space
The Redwire Regolith Print facility suite, consisting of Redwire's Additive Manufacturing Facility, and the print heads, plates and lunar regolith simulant feedstock that launches to the International Space Station.

The Redwire Regolith Print facility suite, consisting of Redwire's Additive Manufacturing Facility and the print heads, plates, and lunar regolith simulant feedstock that launches to the International Space Station. Redwire Space

When a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) this week, it carried a very special piece of equipment from Earth: A 3D printer that uses moon dust to make solid material.

Read more
The best 3D printers under $500
3D printers are finally affordable. Here are the best models under $500
anycubic photon review 3d printer xxl 2

The 3D printing market has seen quite a few changes over the last few years. In just the span of a decade, the barrier to entry has dropped from well over several thousand dollars to under $200 in some cases. However, all entry and mid-level printers are not made equal. We have a few suggestions for prospective buyers and other information regarding alternatives not found on this list.

To some veterans of the 3D printing scene, this list may seem like it lacks a few of the most commonly recommended printers for newcomers. This is by design. Our list only considers printers with tested components from proven, reliable vendors. That's why we chose the Monoprice MP Mini v2 as our top pick--it's reliable and easy to use. We have avoided any printer with a frame primarily made from interlocking acrylic pieces and anything historically unreliable.
Most bang for your buck: Monoprice MP Mini v2

Read more