The project was first announced in June 2015 and was called the world's first 3D-printed office building by the Museum of the Future project, Dubai. With the development of this 250 sq. meter office building the United Arab Emirates is showing its commitment to innovation and cultivate the image of a world leader in 3D printing. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, said at the grand opening, "We implement what we plan and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development as history does not recognize plans but achievements."
A specially formulated mixture of cement and building materials, researched, developed and designed in the UAE and the United States, was used to construct this innovative new 3D printed office. The materials have been put through a number of tests for strength and reliability in places as far away as Britain and China. The designers adopted an arc shape to ensure that the building is stable and safe. The architects and designers have also included innovative features in the structure to reduce energy consumption and also used advanced technology to better manage information systems within the building. The design is aimed at achieving transition from conventional work environments to one that stimulates innovation and communication among people at the workplace.
The building was printed in about 17 days and the cost was estimated to have been $140,000; thereafter the interior and exterior design details were added. The 3D printer that was used to print the building measured 20 feet in height, 120 feet in length and 40 feet in width. The printer features an automated robotic arm to implement the printing process. The cost of labour used in the project was 50% less than normal with just seven people involved in handling the installation of building components on-site, around 10 electricians and other specialists looking after the engineering and technical processes and just one individual was employed to manage the 3D printer.