Although the "printer" was massive at about two stories tall, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, it only needed one staffer to make sure it was functioning properly. The rest of the 18-person construction crew consisted of installers, electricians and mechanical engineers who completed the job for a mere 140,000 in construction and labor costs -- or about half the price of a comparable structure built with conventional methods. Of course, the building is more than just another gold star in the UAE's ultramodern playland -- it will also serve, appropriately enough, as the temporary headquarters for the Dubai Future Foundation. Next year, the structure is scheduled to become the home of Dubai's Museum of the Future. "This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it's not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff," the UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi said.
Your foot is unlike anyone else's, so why wear a shoe meant for anyone and everyone? That appears to be the question driving the new partnership between footwear technology company Sols and women's athletic shoe brand Rykä. Moving forward, Rykä will offer shoes that integrate Sols' 3D-printed orthotics, which are created using the MAPP3D customization platform.
The winning design consists of two central components: an interior core and exterior skin. The open-plan, light-filled interior living spaces satisfy lighting requirements via passive solar design strategies and connect occupants to the exterior spaces and nature itself. The "exterior skin" comprises intricate archways, an organic structure harmonious with the surrounding environment.
Researchers at the University of Nantes have unveiled what some outlets are incorrectly reporting is the first 3D-printed, robot-built home. The house, which takes about 18 days to build, is made of a combination of polymer and concrete, which the Nantes researchers say will keep the home insulated for decades. The resulting 1000-square-foot, y-shaped structure has five rooms and embedded sensors to monitor air quality and temperature. There have been several other successful 3D-printed home projects going back to at least 2012. More recently, design firm ICON teamed up with nonprofit New Story to unveil a 650-square-foot 3D-printed house concept at this year's SXSW.