Office of the future
A revolution was marked by the Industrial architects in the construction sector 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 pricing in China represents the fortunes of metals . 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, although the country’s construction supplies move 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
After the launch of a 3D printing strategy, it took less than a month to lauch the first 3D printed office. The 3D printed office will benefit regulators and researchers both at national 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. Both the US and UAE designs the other building materials. Both the UK and China tests the materials
Industrial architects in the engineering firms like 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 gets appreciation 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 enjoys the elements of nature. 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. The planning phase begins soon. The 3D components will start in 2017.
3D printing pursues actions and not theories. The Emirates Towers will house the Office of the Future. The building promotes opportunities to stimulate innovation and promote communication between the workspaces. Space offers key services like telecommunications, water, electricity, and air conditioning. The office has to adopt important features to save on energy. It can use window shades and protect the building from direct sunlight.
At the construction site
The construction site had mobile printers which completes the task. Computers were available to access the quality, promoting the printing process, and managing various project requirements. It took 17 days to complete the model and 2 days to complete the office. It is the fastest in comparison to the conventional construction methods, including the A category buildings.
3D printing has revolutionized the architecture and allows industrial architects 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 a case study that informs Sheikh Mohammed and will add in research and development. People document the new construction experience and the lessons will serve as a reference for future projects. In conclusion, 3D printing has emerged as a valuable resource for Industrial architects and builders. Thanks to the latest advancements in the sector.