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Future of Additive Manufacturing Shown by the World’s First Fully 3D Printed Office Building in Dubai
If you read the Office Hacks blog fairly regularly, then you must’ve noticed that we’re gradually incorporating 3D printing into our content. The reason for this is fairly obvious. 3D printing is growing at a fast paced in terms of recognition, development, and application. The day when 3D printing would’ve completely replaced 2D printing isn’t all that hard to imagine nowadays, even if it is a few decades away. Take the latest development in the additive manufacturing world for example.
With the formal unveiling and inauguration of the world’s first fully 3D printed office building, another new vision of the future has been brought into the present reality. The structure that is being touted as the world’s first fully 3D printed office building is futuristic enough in how it was created and how it looks to give pause to any individual in the world. The office space that is created with this 3D printed office building spans an impressive 250 square metres.
The design of the workspace inside the 3D printed office building is conceived to promote innovation and creativity through constant communication between various individuals. This is why the open space structure is a feature of this new building. The building has been titled “Office of the Future”. It will house the Dubai Future Foundation but also boasts of separate space for exhibitions, workshops, and other such events.
The 3D printed office building was constructed with a specialised mixture containing various components and building materials including a unique mixture of cement. The final building material was formulated and designed in both the USA and UAE. Because of the risks involved with constructing a material with revolutionary materials, the construction material formulation actually went through extensive testing in the United Kingdom and China. Furthermore, the people in charge also ensured safety by choosing the most stable architectural design i.e. arcs.
In addition to the construction, the promoters decided to keep the building as energy efficient as possible. This meant using features such as tree-shaded outdoor garden decks and LED lights that change their brightness automatically on the basis of the light outside. The building was constructed by a Chinese construction firm known as WinSun Global. Reportedly, WinSun Global used an industrial 3D printer to construct the 3D printed office building. The printer measured 120 feet x 40 feet but had a height of 20 feet.
The printer was used to print 17 separate modules for the 3D printed office building each of which took one day. Effectively, the modules were printed in a period of 17 days and then brought to Dubai where they were assembled in a matter of two days. However, that was just the basic structure and other elements of the office had to be created as well. Another three months were spent on landscaping the outside and preparing the interiors of the 3D printed office building.
While the actual costs of the entire project weren’t revealed, it was explained by the promoters that the labour costs were reduced by an amazing 50 percent. The primary workforce consisted of seven individuals to assemble various components, one individual to operate and monitor the 3D printer used, and 10 electricians along with other specialists to make the building functional.
On-going Technology Showcase Tour Displaying the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5690
Our last report on Epson was on the launch of the Epson WorkForce ET-16500 and the Epson Expression ET-3600. This time out also we’ll talk about Epson’s WorkForce series of printers. You see, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5690 is going to be featured in the on-going Technology Showcase Tour along with other Epson Business Solutions such as their large venue projectors and even their sheetfed document scanners.
Within their large venue projection solutions, a number of models will be showcased such as the PowerLite 1985WU, the BrightLink Pro, the Pro L145U, and the Pro G7500U. Their document scanning solutions will be represented by the WorkForce DS-520 and the WorkForce DS-860. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5690 was chosen for the tour for its unique set of features. The WF-5690 is a multifunction printer that has the potential to reduce printing costs of larger workgroups by up to 50 percent. The printer is meant for high volume printing at low maintenance costs and with easy connectivity options.
The Technology Showcase Tour is an industry-first tour based on an exhibition trailer. The chosen technology solutions are displayed on the trailer that is, itself, a marvel. The trailer spans 36 feet long and has state of the art displaying features.
The Technology Showcase Tour will travel through the US for a period of three months displaying the latest technologies in various arenas and fields within its target audience. Sectors from which the Tour is displaying technologies, other than projection, printing, and scanning include unified communications, collaboration solutions, and digital signage. The Tour began in North Dakota. It will go through various cities and states in the US before ending its expedition in Missouri.
The Tour has already visited South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and is currently in Ohio. It is still due to visit states like Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas. The Technology Showcase Tour is expressly aimed at the Information Technology (IT) and Audio-Visual (AV) communities. The purpose of the Tour is to “drive” the latest technologies to people who use them most.
Epson explained its participation in the Technology Showcase Tour by saying that it “underscores” one of their commitments to their customers. The commitment is to solve today tomorrow’s business problems.