Rome wasn't built in a day, they say, but this fully-functional office building from Dubai comes pretty close - it took only 17 days to complete.

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According to reports from Reuters, the 3D-printed 250-square-foot building was created by an industrial 3D printer (120 feet tall and 40 feet wide) using a special mixture of cement and building material, reportedly designed and made both in the UAE and the U.S. 3-D printing technology was also used to ensure services such as electricity, water, and air-conditioning.  

Helping the 3D printer were mobile printers and a team of almost 20 people, including various technicians and electricians, responsible for all the installations in the building. Local media Emirates 24/7 reported that despite human factor was involved, "labor costs had been cut by over 50 percent."

The building, which is to become a temporary home of the Dubai Future Foundation, cost around $140,000 to make, Reuters reported.

The United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi told the press that Dubai intends to have 25 percent of the buildings in the emirate printed by 2030.

Video curtesy of Vocativ.

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