A 3D Printer Made This Building. Is Your Crib Next? (Video)
If you’ve got room for a warehouse-sized printer and around $140,000 to spare, you very well could be in the running to print out your next home. That’s because some innovative minds in Dubai have just taken the architectural, technological, and manufacturing worlds by storm when they unveiled what is being touted as the world’s first functioning office building created by a 3D printer. Already being called by some as the source for the world’s third industrial revolution, 3D printers have managed to make incredible contributions in the automotive, biomedical, and defense industries, where they’ve been used to print vehicle parts, a pelvis, and a working rifle, respectively. Clearly, the implications here are vast; three-dimensional printing in theory could make it possible for anyone with access to the technology to “print” functioning, useful items otherwise made in highly specific locales by highly trained manufacturers. In practice, the printers in question have not quite yet become common household appliances, but they are already available for consumer use in light doses (for example, Peachy Printer is calling itself the world’s first affordable 3D printer).
For now, the biggest revelations in how the technology is changing the world are relegated to the large-scale and expensive, much like Dubai’s recently minted office building. Thanks to the vision of the Dubai Future Foundation, a single-floor, 250-square meter space with full amenities was printed in just over two weeks’ time. Astonishingly, it only took two days to assemble, a fact that could quite literally rebuild the way the world constructs its apartment buildings, skyscrapers, schools, maybe even our own homes. Of course, the process isn’t the most practical, in terms of the space needed to house the printer. This particular tool is 20-feet tall, 120-feet long, and 40-feet wide. However, the reported cost may make all the complexities worth it. This building is said to have cost only $140,000 to make.
According to those involved with the project in question, the goal is to “push the envelope on technological development, innovation, and creativity.” Goal reached.