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PERI and STRABAG to Build Europe’s Largest 3D Printed Office Space with a COBOD 3D Printer

3D printed office space
Above: PERI using COBOD’s BOD2 printer at Hausleiten, Austria to 3D print the first building in Austria, the offices of STRABAG/Image Source: PERI Group

COBOD International A/S, a leading construction 3D printing company from Denmark, revealed that its construction 3D printers are being used by the PERI Group to build Europe’s largest 3D printed office space in Hausleiten, Lower Austria. It is also Austria’s first 3D printed building.

The PERI Group has partnered with a leading STRABAG, construction technology group. The 125 m² office building is being 3D printed next to STRABAG’s asphalt mixing plant in Hausleiten

The pure 3D printing time for the building extension is approx. 45 hours. The special dry mortar for the construction 3D printing project “Tector Print”, with long workability and good pumpability, is being supplied by Lafarge.

Europe’s Largest 3D Printed Office Space

Above: Europe’s largest 3D printed office space/Video Source: COBOD/YouTube

The 125 m2 (1345 sq. ft.) office building is being 3D printed at STRABAG’s asphalt mixing plant in Hausleiten using a special dry mortar supplied by Lafarge Austria. The office is the fourth 3D printed project executed by PERI in Europe. PERI’s other projects include a 2-floor private villa and Europe’s first 3D printed 3-floor apartment building with 5 apartment units.

Thomas Imbacher, Director of Innovation & Marketing at PERI AG said: “Just under a year ago, we printed Germany’s first residential building using a BOD2 printer from our Danish partner COBOD. Since then, the PERI team has successfully realised several additional printing projects. Together with our partners STRABAG and Lafarge, we are now bringing this new form of construction to Austria and are pleased to be realising the first 3D printed office building in Hausleiten”.

“We are thrilled to see the office project from PERI and STRABAG come to life in Austria. Since our own 3D printing of the first 3D printed building in Copenhagen back in 2017, The BOD which is an office hotel, nobody else has picked up the gloves when it comes to 3D printing of offices. We hope that the office segment of the market with the Austrian project from PERI and STRABAG will begin to adopt the technology on a larger scale. But why stop there? What about warehouses, retail outlets, and other similar applications?”

– Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD International

The Austrian 3D printed office space project is also noticeable from another perspective. Most of the 3D printed buildings so far have been made by smaller disruptors, real estate developers, and start-ups. Large conventional construction companies, have for the most part been missing as customers of the new technology. One noticeable exception to this is L&T Construction, India’s largest construction company, that has been making buildings with COBOD’s printers. STRABAG, one of the largest construction companies in Austria and Germany, now becoming involved in a 3D construction printing project, even for the erection of their own offices, may signal an important shift in the beliefs by the large established construction companies.

Klemens Haselsteiner, STRABAG Member of the Management Board responsible for digitalization and innovation said, “Concrete 3D printing gives the construction industry an important boost of innovation and represents an exciting addition to the range of available construction methods”.

On top of the new possibilities that construction 3D printing provides, STRABAG also had other reasons for becoming involved with the new technology.

Thomas Britel, CEO of STRABAG SE added, “The severe shortage of skilled labor that currently prevails will remain with us in the future as a challenge that we have to cushion with two strategies: by investing in training, for example with our new STRABAG Campus Ybbs, and by increasing productivity with new technologies.”


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