Office of the Future
A revolution in the construction sector was marked by the launch of the Office of the Future using 3D printing. The dropping commodity values and demand for techniques and tools speed up the construction schedule. Aluminum was listed at $1,640 a tonne on 27 April 2016 at the London Metal Exchange (LME). Later it dropped to $1,550 per tonne a month later. On the contrary steel, the price remains stable at $100 per tonne on LME. The fortunes of metals are represented by pricing in China. The World Steel Organisation leads among the steel-producing nations. Meanwhile, Chine Steel Corp raised the price of steel for their shipments in July and August by 10.3%.
These global shifts impact the UAE’s construction industry as well, despite the country’s construction supplies moves towards self-independence. Yet the competition in the industry and the need to import supplies forces the construction market to depend on global factors. The surfacing of off-site construction practices like the Office of the Future helps to build faster and better.
3D Printed Office
The first 3D printed office was launched in less than a month after the launch of a 3D printing strategy. The 3D printed office will benefit regulators and researchers both at domestic and international levels on 3D printing technology. The Office of the Future is located in the Emirates Towers in the city. It is spread across an area of 250 square meters and is ideal for workshops and exhibitions. The Office of the Future was printed with cement and other building materials designed in both the US and UAE. The materials are tested in both the UK and China.
Best structural engineering firms like the WATG Urban Architecture have already jumped on the 3D construction bandwagon by submitting the design for the world’s fully constructed 3D house at the international Home Design Challenge. They won the first place for their futuristic design that looks straight out from the pages of a science fiction novel. The design integrates flowing architectural patterns. In addition to that, it has given way to traditional rigid lines and slopes for more curves and non-linear patterns like bubbles. The wining architecture firm from Chicago was applauded for its Curve appeal.
The winning design is highly environmentally friendly and incorporates several elements that save electricity thus being sustainable. There are no fixed floor plans and the residents of the house can enjoy the elements of nature without being exposed to them. The whole design feels fluid and the entire plan is full of smooth curves that increase the aesthetic appeal of the design. The Curve Appeal is all about competing designs inside the concept. The world’s first house constructed entirely from 3D printing technology is proposed to be constructed in Chattanooga. It is expected the planning phase will begin soon. The 3D components are expected to start in 2017.
In 3D printing, actions were pursued and not theories. The Office of the Future will be housed in the Emirates Towers. The building was conceived to promote opportunities to stimulate innovation and promote communication between the workspaces. Space offers key services like telecommunications, water, electricity and air conditioning. Important features have to be adopted in the office to save on energy by using window shades and protecting the building from direct sunlight.
At the Construction Site
The task was completed using multiple printers. At the construction site, mobile printers were placed, and computers were made available to access the quality, promoting the printing process and managing various project requirements. The model was completed in 17 days to come alive once the internal and external designs were acquired. Moreover, the office was completed in 2 days. It is the fastest when compared to the conventional construction methods including the A category buildings.
3D printing has revolutionized the architecture and allows designers to create complex building structures at the click of a button. Now low cost and faster construction are possible using 3D printing technology. The whole project is seen as a case study that informs Sheikh Mohammed that will add in research and development. The new construction experience is documented, and the lessons will serve as a reference for future projects. More such new projects are likely to be seen shortly. In conclusion, 3D printing has emerged as a valuable resource for architects and builders thanks to the latest advancements in the sector.