Just weeks ago, Danish 3D printing construction company COBOD International (a spin-out of 3D Printhuset) deployed the largest 3D construction printer on the market to Saudi Arabia. Now, the company has reported that something slightly closer to home is being built using its additive manufacturing platform. Kamp C, the Center for Sustainability and Innovation in the Belgian Flemish province, recently installed the BOD2 3D printer and will soon begin construction of a two-storey building.
Almost a year ago, Danish 3D printing company 3D Printhuset announced it had received the first EU tender for a construction 3D printing platform. The tender was issued by Kamp C, which chose the BOD2 3D printer as its technology of choice.
“Kamp C wants to keep up with the latest developments and even play a pioneering role in terms of innovation and construction,” said Kathleen Helsen, President of Kamp C. “We have succeeded in this ambition with this printer. This innovation offers countless new options for the entire construction industry.”
COBOD recently delivered the 10 x 10 x 10 meter BOD2 3D printer to the Kamp C facility along with a wealth of knowledge about construction 3D printing. That is, COBOD experts provided training to Kamp C employees so that they can not only operate the machine but also teach others how to use it. One of the aims of installing the machine is to bring local companies to the facility to test it out.
As Kai Van Bulck, Project Manager at Kamp C, explained: “COBOD International has supplied the printer and the necessary training, but today we are fully capable of operating the printer without the involvement of COBOD. Companies will be able to come here and experiment with the printer until 2020, giving them plenty of time to discover all the advantages of this technique.”
The project that Van Bulck manages is the C3PO project (which stands for co-creation, 3D printing with organizations). This initiative aims to introduce 3D printing to companies in the Flemish construction industry, including Groep Van Roey, ETIB and Beneens, TRiAS architecten and Ghent and Thomas More universities. The C3PO project is also setting out to 3D print a two-storey building using the construction 3D printer—a first in the construction world.
The BOD2 predecessor, the BOD1 3D printer, was used to build the first 3D printed building in Copenhagen, the BOD. The 3D printed building is now used as an office space for the local harbour. The BOD2, which boasts a faster build speed and higher degree of accuracy, will be used to produce even more impressive structures.
“3D construction printing is still very new and so far only companies, which have made printers have operated them,” added Jakoc Jørgensen, Technical Manager at COBOD. “Kamp C will be the first organization to construct a building on site with a large 3D construction printer not developed by themselves. We are very pleased with the supply to Kamp C and it is great to see that Kamp C now has the experience and competence to set ambitious goals for their use of the printer.”