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Habitat for Humanity 3D prints affordable housing in Arizona

Using a COBOD's BOD2 3D construction printer to

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Danish construction 3D printer company COBOD, the current segment leader in Europe, recently entered the US market via a partnership with Printed Farms in Florida. The company is now expanding its footprint in the US to address the widespread lack of affordable housing in partnership with the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity. In US market COBOD will be squaring off with current local leader ICON.

In the face of an acute affordable housing shortage, Habitat for Humanity is looking for scalable, affordable home-ownership solutions – a game-changer. The lack of affordable housing in the Phoenix metro is at an all-time high and Habitat continues to explore innovative ways to address the critical issue.

“This is really a moonshot opportunity for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona,” said Jason Barlow, president, and CEO of Habitat Central Arizona. “When we consider the housing issues facing Arizona, the need for affordable homeownership solutions becomes clear. If we can deliver decent, affordable, more energy-efficient homes at less cost, in less time, and with less waste, we think that could be a real game-changer. Just think of the implications.”

The single-family house has a livable space of 1,722 square feet (160qm). The home is expected to be ready for occupancy in August/September and will be printed with COBOD’s modular BOD2 3D construction printer with a size of 40*50*25 feet (w*l*h). The building is in Tempe, Arizona, and was designed by Candelaria Design Associates, LLC.

Habitat for Humanity builds its first 3D printed home in the U.S.

To print the project, Habitat for Humanity chose to cooperate with PERI, among others, due to PERI’s experience with making two and three floors 3D printed buildings in Europe, also with COBOD printers.

“Our PERI 3D construction printing team is incredibly proud to print this home in Tempe for Habitat for Humanity,” said Thomas Imbacher, managing director of innovation and marketing of the PERI Group. “In 2020, PERI realized the first-ever 3D printed house in Germany with a COBOD BOD2 printer, followed shortly afterward by the largest 3D-printed apartment building in Europe to date. The 3D-printing project in Tempe is now continuing this success story in the USA.”

The use of COBOD’s BOD2 printer in Arizona follows, that COBOD’s BOD2 printer was also behind the first 3D printed building in Florida in January this year made by Printed Farms. Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and General Manager of COBOD said: “Our 3D construction technology and printers have enjoyed immense success in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. Obviously, due to our long-term cooperation with GE, we have some success with US customers also. Still, we are really pleased that our printers are now beginning to make a stronger inroad into the US construction market. More and more US companies realize that our technology is superior to what local suppliers can deliver. Our printers have done buildings in two US states now and more will follow in the coming months”.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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