Dubai to Build World’s First 3D Printed Office

3D printed office building

Plans have been revealed today in Dubai for the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building, an ambitious move that will establish the UAE’s position as the global centre of technology in architecture construction and design.

“This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.” H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee said on the this occasion.

3D printed office buildingThe building will be located close to the ‘Museum of the Future’, launched earlier this year in Dubai, and will act as temporary headquarters for its staff. It will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer, then assembled on site in a matter of weeks. All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology. This will make it the most advanced, fully functional 3D printed building to date.

The project is the first major initiative of the ‘Museum of the Future’ and is part of a larger partnership betweenDubai and WinSun Global – a joint venture between Chinese 3D printing technology firm WinSun and international investors – along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.

Its design is based on in-depth research about the requirements of future work and represents the latest thinking in workplace design. The space is open and flexible, allowing for a range of uses and team sizes, and will bring together professionals, community members, and experts through a mix of public and private events. It will also feature a small digital fabrication facility and a 3D printing exhibition space.

The project marks the beginning of an important transformation in the construction and design sector; the shift to 3D printing and digital fabrication. Although long tested in labs, 3D printing technology is rapidly coming of age. This project will be the most advanced 3D printed structure ever built at this scale and the first to be put into actual use.

Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can reduce production times by 50 to 70 per cent, reduce labour costs by 50 to 80 per cent, and can save between 30 and 60 per cent of construction waste. These savings translate to enhanced productivity, higher economic return, and increased sustainability.



CTC Launches Giant 3D Printer with Mobile Terminal

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Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd held a press conference in its headquarters in Zhuhai,announcing the roll out of the CTC Giant 3D printer.

The FDM product, developed by open source 3D printer maker Ultimaker, is regarded as the giant among desktop models as it comes equipped with the Cura slicing software, a feature very much in demand, with maximum print size of 305mm X 305mm X 405mm.

A distinctive 3D printer with Wifi functionality made its first appearance worldwide at the press conference. Accompanied by apps that work both on Android and iOS operating systems and are based on open source Ultimaker technology, the printer can be operated by remote control through any hand-held mobile device, eliminating the need to wait beside the printer while managing the print job.

The Giant 3D printer, with an eye-catching all-steel seamless design, fully caters to the needs of high-end users in the design and education sectors with its powerful set of features. The release of the product optimizes CTC’s large size product line while bringing the technological level of the entire desktop 3D printer industry to a new level. The printer retails for USD $2,500.

Detailed specifications are as follows:

Print specifications 

Forming principle molten accumulation error correction

Prototyping platform size  305x305x405mm error correction

Positioning accuracy  Axis X/Y: 10 micro Axis Z 1 micro error correction

Printing thickness 0.04 (Rt) mm–0.4mm

Printer head  single sprinkler, error correction

Software requirements 

Slicing software Cura

Software format  STL, Rt OBJ, Gcode

Operating system Windows Error correction MacOS

Consumables specifications

Printing material ABS plastic, PlA plastic error correction

Material color 18 colors error correction

Physical parameter

Working temperature for the printer head 280 degrees error correction

Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm/0.2 mm

Maximum speed of print 180mm/second

Power requirement AC 110-240V error correction

Tiertime Announces Launch of UP BOX Desktop 3D Printer

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Beijing Tiertime Technology Co. Ltd. (Tiertime) announced today the global launch of its new desktop 3D printer, UP BOX. Targeting professional and educational users, UP BOX represents the third, ground-breaking model in the award-winning, UP Series of desktop 3D printers.

The UP BOX builds on the rock-solid performance of the UP Plus 2 and the industry leading, price/performance value of the UP mini, by adding the feature that many users have been waiting for, Larger Build Volume, 255x205x205mm, or 10x8x8inch (WxHxD) while increasing the print resolution to a super-fine 0.1mm and accelerating printing speed up to 30% faster than the UP Plus 2.

3d printerIn addition to finer print resolution and printing efficiency, UP BOX boasts three innovative “New” features:

  • Fully automated platform leveling with automatic calibration with no human intervention required, providing a seamless 3D printing experience
  • Enclosure with Air Filtration System that keeps your environment green by minimizing operational noise and containing any fumes that may result from the printing process
  • Light-Pulse functional LED, mood-lighting that gives your UP BOX heartbeat by displaying on-going print-status

“New” UP features are fully integrated with proven UP standards like UP Software with Smart Support, Fully-Heated Build Platform for consistent, warp-free ABS printing and UP’s industry-leading 1-Year Limited Warranty and Service.

“Our goal is to be the most reliable provider of 3D technologies and solutions to our customers around the world,” said Tiertime’s General Manager, Mr. Guo Ge, “The UP BOX is proof that we meet the needs of professional users and demonstrate Tiertime’s continuing leadership in 3D technology.”

Smart Support is Tiertime’s proprietary, auto-support-structure generation algorithm that automatically produces easily, removable support-structure during printing process. This ensures droop-free output by allowing difficult and complex designs to be printed with ease. In addition, the UP software features a user-friendly interface and comprehensive printing functions which new users and fans of the UP series will find easy to operate.

UP BOX is priced at $1899 in US market as referenced pricing globally, and will be available for purchase worldwide November 2014, through Tiertime’s global distribution partners and major retailers such as

About Tiertime

Beijing Tiertime Technology Co., Ltd. (Tiertime) is an industry leader in 3D technologies and is proud to be Asia’s biggest 3D printing solution provider in the global 3D printing market. Tiertime designs and manufactures the industrial scale, rapid-prototyping series, Inspire, and the award-winning UP Family of Desktop 3D Printers. Tiertime is headquartered in Beijing, China, and has U.S. divisions in California & New York.


SOURCE Tiertime

3D Printing Marketplace Doubles in Size at 2015 International CES

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cesThe Consumer Electronics Association announced that the 3D printing footprint at the 2015 International CES® has doubled from the 2014 CES. Returning for its second year, the 3D Printing Marketplace, presented by TCT Magazine + Personalize, will feature more than 30 innovative companies showcasing the latest advancements in 3D printing technology. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to CEA’s most recent U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast report, sales of desktop 3D printers are expected to reach 67,000 units in 2014, earning $76 million in revenue, an increase of 43 percent over 2013. In total, 3D printing exhibits at the 2015 CES are expected to cover more than 14,000 net square feet of exhibit space, up from 7,200 net square feet at the 2014 CES.

“With huge advancements in digital technology, 3D printers are moving toward more compact units that are more suitable for consumers and capable of printing a variety of consumer goods, from toys and electronics to clothing, shoes and even food,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “The vast expansion of the 3D printing footprint at the 2015 CES speaks to the category’s potential to become a major disruptor in the global economy, and confirms that CES is the platform to see the future of printing come to life.”

The 3D Printing Marketplace

The 3D Printing Marketplace will be located at CES Tech West. Tech West includes the Sands Expo (Sands), The Venetian and Wynn/Encore exhibits. Major exhibitors located within the 3D Printing Marketplace include: 3D Systems, Autodesk, MakerBot, Materialise, Stratatys and XYZ Printing. CES Tech West will also feature leading companies and the newest innovations in lifestyle technologies, including fitness and health tech, the Internet of Things, sensors, startups and other high growth technologies changing the way we work, live and play.

The 2015 CES will feature 20 category-specific Marketplaces highlighting innovation across 20 different product areas. The 2015 CES will also feature conference sessions targeting 3D printing technology. More information will be available online this fall.

What is CES?

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at and through social media: CEA Social Media.

Zeepro introduces Zim, the first personal 3D printer to feature a dual color printing head

With a team of 11, Zeepro is serious about creating a high quality 3D printer with a dual color print head. Philippe Guglielmetti, cofounder and Chief Executive Officer has been a successful serial entrepreneur since he was 19. His experience along with the other team members have positioned Zeepro to go big with a successful Kickstarter project. Keep an eye out on Friday, September 13th to get in on a piece of the action.

“In 1995, Philippe was the cofounder (with Pierre Gerard) and CEO of Integra, the leading pan-European company for managed web hosting and ecommerce web site operation. Integra was one of the first internet companies to be listed in Europe, and the sole company to be dual listed on the German and French stock markets. At 35 years of age, Philippe became the youngest CEO of the SBF120 Euronext index. Integra had operations in 10 countries in Europe. The company, with more than 1,200 employees, was sold to a subsidiary of Verizon in 2001. “

Here is the latest press release from Zeepro speaking to the specifications of the Zim 3D printer.

Zeepro Inc. introduces Zim, the first and only personal 3D printer to feature a dual color printing head, Ethernet & WiFi connectivity, an onboard micro-camera, smartphone and tablet control, and an exclusive refillable cartridge system. With Zim, 3D Printing is about to go mainstream, as everyone from hobbyists to children will now be able to print high quality 3D objects quickly and safely using various materials and colors, at an affordable price (Zim Kickstarter campaign pledges range from 599 USD to 899 USD).

The Zim project’s unique features include:

Dual printing head

Zim is built with one or two extruders. Now users can choose to either print a 3D object in multiple colors, or use one extruder to print in color while using the other extruder to print a support structure in PVA plastic (which dissolves in water).

Connected , plug & play and user friendly

Zim can be controlled remotely via smartphone, tablet, or PC using the printer’s built-in Ethernet and WiFi. Zim is also equipped with a state of the art micro-camera, so users can check in on their 3D printing projects even when they are on the go.

Exclusive refillable filament cartridge

Zim’s cartridge system loads the filaments automatically and safely into the extruders. Cartridges protect PVA from moisture and are convenient to store. Best of all, Zim’s cartridges are available in a rainbow of colors, and Zeepro offers a refillable cartridge for those who want to use their own filament.

Professional printability

Zeepro Zim
Zeepro Zim

Zim features a fine resolution (as low as 80 microns per layer) with a print volume of 205 cubic inches (5.9″x5.9″x5.9″). Zim prints 3D objects at a fast speed (up to 110 mm/s) in ABS or PLA, and provides more than 20 printing modes, ranging from standard to expert.

“We dreamt about making the best personal 3D printer in the world. We wanted it to be plug and play , as well as really easy to use. We also wanted it to be connected , precise and fast… all that enclosed in a beautiful design and affordable. We assembled a great team of highly motivated and talented designers and engineers. Together , we imagined Zim. We are very proud to present Zim on Kickstarter starting September 13th.” Philippe Guglielmetti , Zeepro’s CEO.

The Zim project will go live on Kickstarter September 13 th , 2013.

About Zeepro:

Zeepro aims to design and build the best personal 3D printers. Zeepro was founded by an experienced team of engineers , designers and entrepreneurs. Zeepro has 12 full time employees with operations in both the US and  Europe . The company has already raised 1 million USD in its first round of funding. For more information visit .

4 reasons why you should get excited about 3D printing

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Before I get into why you should be so super excited about 3D printers some of you may not even know what I’m talking about here. When I speak of 3D printing there is no paper involved here, instead there are raw materials such as plastic chips and “blueprints” for objects, some of which have been made available through sites like Thingiverse. Wikipedia describes 3D printing as:

“… a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).”

According to KurweilAI, these devices will set off a personal manufacturing revolution similar to how personal computing set off the desktop publishing revolution, however “before 3D printers become as ubiquitous as cellphones, they could form the basis of small-scale manufacturing concerns and have huge potential both here and for developing countries, where access to many products is limited.” If you’re having a difficult time picturing what this is all about I encourage you to watch the video below.


4 Reasons why you should get excited about 3D printing

All right now onto the list. I’m getting super excited about the personal manufacturing revolution and here’s why.

3D printers are affordable now

Lucky for you some tech genius “open-sourced” the specs for 3D printers. What this means is that the cost of these units has gone from 10’s of thousands of dollars down to about $2000 very rapidly. For example you can get the Cubify Cube for $1200 and the Cubify CubeX for $2500. Note the 3 colour CubeX model sells a little higher at $4000. According to some studies the 3D printer purchase will pay for itself in about 1 year.

You can manufacture parts dirt cheap with 3D printers

Everyone from car repair depots to the most advanced medical labs will be able to manufacture parts for broken equipment for pennies on the dollar. No more going to the vendor for a $500 dollar part when you can make it for $5.

As for us regular folks soon we won’t have to venture off to Home Depot to get a replacement shower head. Why bother getting in your car to buy a $50 part when you can print it off at home for $2. Now that being said, some people are worried that the personal manufacturing revolution will put companies like Home Depot and Lowe’s out of business in a similar way that MP3s put record and CD stores out of business. I suppose it could happen perhaps a little ways down the road.

You can make your own iPhone case with blueprints on Thingiverse

iphone 5 case
iphone 5 case

Not only can you make this one for mere cents but you could download any number of models available and make them in a variety of colours depending on your mood for the day. Enterprising individuals may want to make these and sell them at a considerable markup. Now anybody can manufacture and profit! Check out the blueprint on Thingiverse.

You can use your camera or smartphone as a 3D scanner

Cubify has developed an application that turns your smartphone or camera into a 3D scanner.  You simply capture the object in the real world and import it into a virtual blue print model that can be replicated.

There’s some cool stuff going on in the 3D printing space and it’s only looking to get more exciting as time moves forward. There’s been talk about printing at the atomic or molecular level. Who knows, perhaps one day these “printers” will be included appliances in every home alongside our stoves and fridges. Here’s a future conversation we may be having with our device.

person – “make a cup of tea.”

printer – “yes boss.”