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Largest 3D Construction Printer in World Headed to Saudi Arabia

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by All3DP
Mar 15, 2019

Saudi Arabian construction company Elite for Construction & Development Co. placed an order earlier this month to COBOD International for the largest 3D construction printer in the world.

Saudi Arabia will soon be home to the world’s largest 3D construction printer after a construction company there placed an order with Danish manufacturer COBOD.

Elite for Construction & Development Co. will receive the BOD2 3D construction printer, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, at the end of May.

The BOD2 printer will be able to print buildings of up to three storeys with more than 300 square meters per storey in one go. It could also be capable of printing private homes, medium-sized offices and public buildings like museums and schools, said CEO Henrik Lunk-Nielsen, in a press release.

“We are very proud to receive this order from Saudi Arabia, which again confirms that our second generation BOD2 3D construction printer is second to none,” said Lund-Nielsen.

“Not only is the BOD2 the fastest 3D construction printer in the world, but the modular approach of the BOD2 allowed us to deliver the size … wanted.”

The largest 3D construction printer in the world compared to the BOD building. (Source: Supplied)

COBOD Already Helping 3D Construction Printing In UAE

This is not the first time COBOD, created by Danish 3D printing supplier 3D Printhuset, is distributing its systems to the Middle East. Earlier this year it announced an agreement to distribute its 3D printers in the United Arab Emirates through Dubai-based 3DVinci Creations.

Dubai aims to be a global 3D printing hub and have 25% of all buildings 3D printed by 2030. Saudi Arabia is also pushing investment in this field and 3D printed a home in Riyadh late last year.

“We will make this revolutionizing technology available in all of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Elite for Construction & Development Co. general manager Saad Al Shathri. “We will be able to carry out projects with our own crews and based on 3D printable concrete made locally. This will bring costs significantly down compared to temporary imported printers using foreign-made materials.”

3D printing will also allow the company to build projects more that are very difficult or even impossible with conventional technology — and more quickly and cheaply, added Al Shathri.

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Source: Press release

The BOD, the first fully permitted 3D printed building in Europe. (Source: Supplied)

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