Construction 3D Printing

Europe’s first 3D printed office extension completed in Austria

A result of the collaboration between STRABAG and PERI, using COBOD's BOD2 3D construction printer

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Europe’s first 3D printed office extension has opened in Hausleiten, Austria. The project, first announced in October last year, is a result of a collaboration between the construction technology group STRABAG and the scaffolding and formwork manufacturer and 3D concrete printing pioneer, PERI. The building, printed with a BOD2, COBOD’s best-selling 3D construction printer, is a 125m² office extension to an existing building in Hausleiten.

“The building in Hausleiten is a milestone for STRABAG, for PERI, for all involved. And a milestone for the Austrian construction industry as a whole,” said Thomas Imbacher, Member of the Board for Innovation and Marketing at PERI SE. “We are convinced that 3D printing of buildings will be part of the future of construction as this technology offers solutions for challenges that are currently occupying our industry: Digitalization, efficiency, shortage of skilled workers, and much more.”

STRABAG and PERI complete first 3D printed office extension in Europe, in Austria, using COBOD's BOD2 3D construction printer.

The BOD2 is one of the best-selling 3D construction printers, globally. The maximum printing speed of the BOD2, at one meter per second, is the fastest in the world. As a result of this speed, the shell construction in Hausleiten was completed in approximately 45 hours of continuous printing time.

The unusual architectural form and structures of this office building in Austria, which are recognizable as designs element on the facade, were made possible thanks to the design freedom allowed by 3D printing.

“We are proud to see more and more buildings being 3D printed with our BOD2 printer as a consequence of our leading position in the market,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder, and General Manager of COBOD International. “Our superior technology is documented by COBOD’s technology 3D printing multiple applications other than just low-rise residential buildings, such as windmill tower bases, concrete pipe supports, schools, and now an office building. We firmly believe that 3D construction printing will revolutionize the construction industry due to its ability to automate and industrialize the construction process.”

In 2018, PERI Group acquired a minority stake in COBOD. Since then, both companies have worked closely together to push the boundaries of 3D construction printing. With the printing project in Hausleiten, the PERI 3D printing team has now successfully completed six printing projects with COBOD’s 3D construction printers. These include the first 3D printed house in Germany, the first 3D printed multi-family house/apartment building in Europe, and now the office extension in Hausleiten.

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