Based in Slovenia, BetAbram is one of the companies that pioneered commercial house 3D printing and construction 3D printers. The company started working on printers in 2012 and since then continued to develop its cutting-edge technology. Up to date news on the company’s projects are not so easy to come by, but we were able to catch up with BetAbram’s CEO, René Kreissel, to find out about their most ongoing projects and business outlook.
How Much Are BetAbam’s Construction 3D Printers Retailing for?
“Prices for our fully equipped printers can vary significantly*. What I can say at this time is that the price includes the 3D printer itself, special nozzles and accessory systems (which help the 3D printer work, such as an elevator or pump).”
What is your outlook on the 3D printing construction business?
“Demand is huge, we get emails and phone calls from all over the world and we are currently forming very relevant partnerships within one of the biggest markets in the world. We expect to sell as many as 500 units within the next 5 years and as many as in 3,000 units within 10 years.”
What are your current projects?
“We are just working on printing a house of 10m x 8m. As you can see in the pictures. It would already be finished but weather slowed us down a little as in Slovenia it is winter now. This house will require about 10 cubic meters of concrete per floor. We did complete work on a sample art sculpture of a fish, as you can also see in the pictures.”
Which materials can your construction 3D printers use?
“We primarily use normal concrete with a few special additives. This type of concrete and additives are available almost everywhere in the world. We chose to use these materials so that our customers do not have run into troubles finding the construction material on location.”
What software do you use?
“For designing house we actually recommend SketchUp, as it is the easiest way to 3D design an object. For operating the 3D printer we use our own software, developed internally.”
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*This article has been edited on February 7th, 2018, to remove system pricing following new developments at BetAbram.