25/05/2016 5:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Pictures: World's First 3D Printed Building In Dubai

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A view of the world's first functional 3D printed offices are seen in Dubai May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

World's first fully 3D printed building was inaugurated today in Dubai. The single storied building was built in just 17 days with the help of a 20-foot tall 3D printer.

The building was made with a special mix of concrete, fibre reinforced plastic and glass-fibre reinforced gypsum.

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The printer used for the construction is 20-foot tall, 120-foot long and 40-foot wide.

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Only one person was needed to handle the printer. The strength of the rest of the building crew was 18, including electricians, installers, and mechanical engineers.

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The total cost of the construction came to $140,000, which is almost half of conventional building method costs. Dubai aims to do 50% of their building construction using the 3D printing method by 2030.

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"This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it's not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff," said Mohamed Al Gergawi, the UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs.

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