Saudi Arabia buys world’s largest 3D construction printer
Saudi based Elite for Construction and Development Company ordered Cobod International to supply the world’s largest 3D construction printer. The Hitech BOD2 printer will be delivered to the kingdom by the end of May.
The company move comes at a time when the kingdom has set an ambitious target to build around 1.5 million private houses over the next 10 years under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Besides, the company stressed their desire to use 3D construction printing technology in their projects.
Saad Al Shathri, the general manager of Elite for Construction & Development Company, said: “We will make this revolutionising technology available across Saudi Arabia. We will be able to carry out projects with our own crews and based on 3D printable concrete made locally.”
The giant printer is a first of its kind. It will be able to print buildings of 12m (w), 27m (l) and 9m (h) and three- storeyed buildings of more than 300 square meter per storey could be made with the printer in one go.
Cobod International CEO Henrik Lund-Nielsen said, “We are very proud to receive this order from Saudi Arabia, which again confirms that our second generation BOD2 3D construction printer is second to none. Not only is the BOD2 the fastest 3D construction printer in the world, but the modular approach of the BOD2 allowed us to deliver the size that Elite For Construction & Development wanted, a printer capable of printing buildings of more than 300 square meters.”
He explained that a small private house was 3D printed in Riyadh at the end of 2018. Now, multiple public and private organisations are requesting the use of the 3D construction printing technology in new construction projects, as soon as the technology is available locally on a permanent basis.
Source: Trade Arabia
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