Danish 3D printing firm 3D Printhuset has been granted the first EU patent for a construction 3D printer. The tender was given by Belgian organization Kamp C, which chose 3D Printhuset’s modular BOD2 construction printer.
Within Europe, the construction 3D printing market is taking off in an exciting way. From 3D printed concrete housing being built in Eindhoven, to 3D printed social housing initiatives in France, to the recent 3D printed house on display at the Milan Design Week, there is a growing interest in the technology and its future potential to shape the construction landscape.
Spurred by its own investigation into construction 3D printing, Kamp C, an organization that provides educational and technical support to the Flemish construction sector, launched an EU tender for a construction 3D printing process. Among all the tender applicants, 3D Printhuset was selected as Kamp C’s preferred supplier with its BOD2 construction 3D printer.
Those who have followed the construction AM sector closely will likely remember that the Danish company’s BOD1 3D printer was responsible for producing the BOD house in Copenhagen. The newer BOD2 model boasts a number of upgrades from the BOD1, including better precision, smoother surface qualities and a 10 times faster print speed. With a speed of 1000 mm/s, 3D Printhuset says its BOD2 is the fastest construction 3D printer in the world.
“We are extremely proud and pleased that Kamp C chose us in competition with the many other contenders that always appear in such EU tenders,” commented Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of 3D Printhuset. “The experience we gained from our 3 year research project and from doing The BOD has really paid off.”
“On the basis of this, we developed the BOD2 3D Construction printer, as an upgraded and improved version of the BOD1 printer that we used to make The BOD building with,” he continued. “The BOD2 is the only second generation printer on the market and is really unique in the sense that it has been cured for all the child-diseases of a first generation printer. Kamp C appreciated this fact and evaluated that we by far not only had the best price but also had the best technical offer.”
The second generation construction 3D printer is made up of separate modules, each measuring 2.5 meters, which enable the machine to be modular and scalable in terms of build capacity. In its tender decision, Kamp C chose the BOD2 version 444, which has the ability to produce buildings up to 9.5 meters in length and width and 8.3 meters in height.
“Following our own BOD project we received many requests for the delivery of multiple sizes of printers,” said Michael Holm, Development Manager of 3D Printhuset. “We therefore knew that the new BOD2 printer had to be modular such that it would be very easy for our customers to quickly find the printer with the size that they wanted. We also knew how to improve this second version, as we learned great many things from doing The BOD with our first printer.”
In addition to developing and advancing its own construction 3D printing platform, 3D Printhuset also offers open construction 3D printing courses which aim to improve general knowledge and know-how for the blossoming technology. The company has also developed a wall price calculator, which helps its customers to understand and evaluate the costs of using its 3D printing system for a project.