CEMEX, a global construction materials company, announced an investment in COBOD, a global leader in 3D construction printing, through CEMEX Ventures, its corporate venture capital and open innovation unit. This investment is part of CEMEX’s strategy to provide a better customer experience through the use of digital technologies.
CEMEX and COBOD have been collaborating on 3D printing innovation for the past year. They recently introduced the first 3D printing solution that uses conventional ready-mix concrete in the building process as a result of this collaboration. The solution, which has been implemented in several geographies, can deliver significant savings when compared to traditional 3D construction printing methods and materials.
CEMEX will strengthen its ability to use 3D printing technology and add another avenue to address housing needs as a result of this investment. CEMEX and COBOD also intend to develop innovative material solutions and building performance enhancements for 3D printing applications in the future.
The current methods of 3D construction printing rely on highly specialised and expensive mortars. CEMEX introduced the D.fab family of proprietary admixtures, which allows conventional concrete to be efficiently tailored for 3D printing construction. This admixture innovation creates a more fluid and easy-to-pump concrete, allowing for 3D printing applications. COBOD’s printers and expertise, combined with the admixtures, enable the implementation of a more efficient process that uses less material and any concrete.
“The investment in COBOD reflects our customer-centric mindset and relentless focus on continuous innovation and improvement. Working with COBOD, CEMEX developed a customer experience in 3D printing construction that is superior to anything that has been provided in the past. Our innovation efforts position us at the forefront of new technologies that contribute to building a better future.”– Gonzalo Galindo, Head of CEMEX Ventures
Henrik-Lund Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD expressed his views saying, “I am proud to have CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry, join us as an investor along with our other shareholders PERI and GE Renewable Energy. CEMEX is already an important partner to us. Together, we have already improved 3D construction printing tremendously with the successful D.fab solution and we intend to continue to develop new, innovative materials to build a better future through material solutions for 3D printing applications that significantly reduce construction costs and time.”
About CEMEX: CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is paving the way for a better future by developing sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading R&D.
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