In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 photo, two women pass what the United Arab Emirates says is the world’s first functional office building made using three-dimensional printer technology, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai’s ruler quietly inaugurated the whitewashed buildings last week, not far from the site of a planned “Museum of the Future” that’s due to open in 2018. Dubai hopes the project will kick-start its plans to transform the sheikhdom into an incubator for emerging technologies.
Looking like a mashup of a “Jetsons” abode and an Apple Store, the compact office was printed out layer by layer over 17 days at a cost of $140,000, said Saif al-Aleeli, the CEO of a government initiative called the Dubai Future Foundation that is behind the project. Features include a tree-shaded outdoor garden deck and LED lights that automatically adjust to the brightness outside.
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