Elite for Construction & Development, Co., a Saudi Arabian construction company, recently purchased the world’s largest construction 3D printer – the BOD2 from COBOD International, a Danish manufacturer of Modular Construction 3D Printers. Elite for Construction & Development made the purchase in response to Saudi Arabian governments call for the need to build 1.5 million houses in the next ten years.
According to a statement released by COBOD, “Its printer will be delivered in Saudi Arabia by the end of May, adding that the machine will be the “first of its kind” in the kingdom.”
COBOD BOD2 CONSTRUCTION 3D PRINTER
Above: Introducing the World’s largest construction 3D printer/Video Credit: COBOD/YouTube
The COBOD BOD2 has the capability of printing buildings that are 12 meters wide, 27 meters long, and nine meters high. It can produce three-story buildings of more than 300 sqm per floor in one go, and Elite for Construction & Development plans to utilize these capabilities.
Copenhagen-based COBOD, a sister company of 3D Printhuset, manufactured Europe’s first 3D printed building in Europe, the Bod, in 2017. A year later saw it launch Bod 2.
Speaking about the purchase, Saad Al Shathri, General Manager of Elite for Construction & Development Co., said “We will make this revolutionizing technology available in all of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will be able to carry out projects with our own crews and based on 3D printable concrete made locally. This will bring costs significantly down compared to temporary imported printers using foreign made materials. With the 3D construction printing technology we will be able to do projects almost impossible with conventional technology, and we will build faster and cheaper than before. At the same time we decided to invest in a very large printer, such that the scope of projects we can carry out will be as big as possible.”
Commenting on the sale of its largest construction 3D printer, Henrik Lund-Nielsen, chief executive officer at Cobod International, said, “We are very proud to receive this order from Saudi Arabia, which again confirms that our Bod 2 3D construction printer is second to none. Not only is the Bod 2 the fastest 3D construction printer in the world, but the modular approach of the Bod 2 has allowed us to deliver the size that Elite For Construction & Development Co wanted.”
Elite for Construction & Development Co’s order comes as Saudi Arabia rapidly adopts technologies such as 3D printing to deliver millions of homes as planned within its Vision 2030 economic mandate.
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