Saudi Arabian construction company, Elite for Construction & Development Co., placed an order for COBOD‘s BOD2 construction 3D printer. The system will be delivered by the end of May and the 3D printer will be the first of its kind in the country. It will be the biggest in the world, able to print buildings of 12m (w), 27m (l) and 9m (h)
This means that three storey buildings of more than 300 square meters per storey can be built with the printer in one go. Elite for Construction & Development Co. decided to place the order at COBOD as a response to Saudi Arabia’s need for building 1.5 million private houses within the next 10 years. This also fits within Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to improve the country’s economy and housing situation by applying more modern construction techniques in the country. At the same time leading private companies and public organizations have expressed a strong desire to use the 3D construction printing technology in construction projects if provided locally by a Saudi company.
COBOD International has made headlines recently with their 3D construction printing activity. First they built the first 3D printed building in Europe, The BOD, in Copenhagen. In 2018 they continued their fast development by launching the BOD2, a second generation 3D construction printer, which quickly thereafter established traction by beating all the competitors and winning the first EU tender for a 3D construction printer. Later in 2018 COBOD announced a partnership with the multinational German Peri Group, which acquired a significant minority of the company. Now in 2019 they have sold the biggest 3D construction printer in the world.
“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,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of COBOD International. “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”.
Over the course of last year it became clear that not only Dubai, where 25% of all buildings by 2030 must be 3D printed, but also Saudi Arabia have big ambitions with the application of 3D construction printing. A small private house was 3D printed in Riyadh at the end of 2018. Now, multiple public and private organizations 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.
“We will make this revolutionizing technology available in all of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Saad Al Shathri, General Manager of Elite for Construction & Development Co., “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”.
“The sheer size of the new printer is impressive. This will be by far be the biggest 3D construction printer ever made and with our printer,” Henrik Lund-Nielsen added. “Elite For Construction & Development Co. will be able to do construction projects previously unthinkable for a 3D construction printer. When compared to the BOD building we did, it is clear that Elite for Construction & Development Co. is taking 3D construction printing into brand new territories. With this printer they will be capable of gaining a leading position not only for the 3D construction printing of private houses, but also for medium sized offices and public buildings like museums, schools.”