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COBOD’s 3D Construction Printer used to Make 1st 3D Printed Building in Germany

Rendering of the two-story building to be 3D printed in Beckum
  • PERI, COBOD’s German distribution partner, started the 3D printing of a 160 m2 two story house in Beckum
  • COBOD’s success in Germany follows just months after the similar success in Belgium, and the recent announcement of long-term cooperation between COBOD and GE about 3D printing of record tall concrete windmill towers
Rendering of the two-story building to be 3D printed in Beckum
Above: Rendering of the two-storey building to be 3D printed in Beckum/Image Credit: COBOD

PERI, the German distributor of COBOD’s 3D construction printers, announced recently that it used 3D construction printer from COBOD to make the first 3D printed building in Beckum, Germany. This milestone for the future of the German construction industry was underlined by the presence of a minister from the regional government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest federal state.

While other companies involved in 3D construction printing often speak about their future plans and visions, the established leading position of Danish COBOD continues to be demonstrated by actual 3D printed buildings and structures. Not done by COBOD but made by the growing number of customers using COBOD’s 3D construction printers, mainly the BOD2. 

The two-story building in Germany follows only a few months after that COBOD’s Belgium customer, Kamp C, revealed Europe’s first 3D printed two-story building in Europe. The video from the 3D printing of the building in Belgium has gone viral and has been seen more than 400.000 times as a testament to the growing popularity of the technology.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and General Manager of COBOD explained: “We are very pleased, that we are beginning to see the fruits of the many 3D construction printers, which we have sold since the launch of the BOD 2 3D construction printer in 2019. Projects have been delayed by the Coronavirus, but now they start to be revealed. These buildings and the huge interest for them document that our technology – and the buildings they can make – are ready for the market”.  

The start of the 3D printing of the two storey building in Beckum
Above: The start of the 3D printing of the two storey building in Beckum/Image Credit: COBOD

As PERI globally and in Germany is one of the leading suppliers of formwork equipment for the manual casting of concrete, PERI’s involvement in 3D construction printing is noticeable and a sign that the conventional construction sector has realized that automation and digitalization of the construction industry is the future, which involves among other the use of robotic 3D construction printers.

Thomas Imbacher, Innovation and Marketing Director at PERI GmbH, explained: “We are very confident that 3D construction printing will become increasingly important in certain market segments over the coming years and has considerable potential. We are proud that PERI’s involvement in the project in Beckum has seen us become a pioneer and forerunner for this new construction technique”.

Above: The BOD 2 3D construction printer/Image credit: COBOD

PERI is making the building in Beckum with the help of COBOD’s BOD2 printer. The BOD 2 has a modular build and can be extended in any direction with modules of 2,5 meter, to a maximum of 15 meters in the width and 10 meters in the height. In the length, the printer can be as long as desired. For the Beckum building, PERI is using a BOD 2 of 12.5m * 15m * 7.5m.  

The BOD 2 printer has a maximum speed of 100 cm/sec, equivalent to printing/casting 10 tons of concrete per hour. Printing material was provided by Heidelberg cement.

The first 60 cm. of the two-storey building in Beckum
Above: The first 60 cm of the two-storey building in Beckum/Image Credit: COBOD

The BOD 2 has also been used to make large concrete structures like the world’s first 3D printed windmill tower of 10 meters, that COBOD did under long-term cooperation with GE, which was also revealed just prior to this summer.

Michael Holm, R&D manager of COBOD concluded, “The BOD 2 is a very versatile printer. In Beckum, PERI has chosen to use a long printer, whereas we used a much shorter but taller printer for printing of the 10m tower for GE. This was the whole idea behind the modular design of the printer – it is always possible to find a size that meets the customer’s need”.


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