After much planning and testing, construction 3D printing company COBOD is ready to ship its BOD2 3D printer to Elite for Construction & Development Co. in Saudi Arabia. The massive 3D construction printer, reportedly the largest in the world, has a build capacity of 12 x 27 x 9 meters, or 300 square meters per storey.
The version of the BOD2 which is ready to ship from COBOD’s facility in Denmark to Saudi Arabia is the largest configuration that COBOD has produced to date.
“We are excited to have completed the manufacturing and testing of this enormous 3D construction printer,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of COBOD. “The Saudis wishes for such a size of the printer once again proved our choice of creating the BOD2 printer via a modular system. No other company would be able to deliver a printer with the same capabilities, and we are very proud to provide our Saudi partners with a printer capable of constructing buildings of a size not seen before in the market.”
Similar to the UAE, Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans of becoming a hub for construction 3D printing. The oil-rich nation hopes that having a large-scale construction 3D printer will push its agenda ahead.
Jakob Jørgensen, Head of Technology at COBOD, added: “Developing a modular 3D construction printer as BOD2, we didn’t expect to produce a model as big as this one, so soon after releasing it to the industry. But we have been fortunate to have Elite for Construction & Development Co. believe in our system, and I’m looking forward to travel to Saudi Arabia, setup their BOD2 and start the training of their operators.”
The BOD2—the second generation of COBOD’s construction 3D printer—has the capacity to extrude concrete at a speed of up to 100 cm per second. Currently, users are using the hardware at speeds of about 30 cm per second. The company says the full speed potential will be unlocked as printable concrete materials and pumping mechanisms advance.
“This is by far the most impressive printer we have produced, and as all the BOD2 printers delivered this year, it lives up to our high standards of speed and quality with its special designed steel structure, weather sealed electronics, high level of control and safety features,” concluded Michael Holm, Head of R&D at COBOD.
He added: “During our live print testing of this printer we reached a speed of 35 cm per second, which marks another record. Very small demo houses have been printed around the world the last 2 years, but with a 3D construction printer like this, the technology is now taking another major leap forward, as we are able to print 300 square meters in 3 storeys and we are able to do it very fast.”