3D printers will revolutionize the building sector

The construction industry in Australia could be turned upside down, with the arrival of commercial 3D printing technology capable of drastically reducing construction times and costs.

Hot on the heels of the country’s first 3D printed house – erected in three days in Melbourne in January – COBOD, an international leader in the disruptive field, has teamed up with the Australian company Fortex to distribute its equipment.

With the promise of building homes more efficiently and with less damage to the environment, the Danish innovator spied an opportunity to take advantage of current labor and material shortages.

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“We’re talking about building smarter, better, and faster,” according to Fortex CEO David Lederer.

“That means better results for construction companies and consumers.”

The first BOD2 construction 3D printer will arrive in Australia later this year and will be available for immediate order.

COBOD has spearheaded the development of 3D printing of homes, having sold around 50 systems including multi-functional construction robots across the world since 2019.

They were used to help build the first one-, two-, and three-story 3D-printed dwellings in Europe, the first 3D-printed house and school in Africa, and the first wind turbine tower base.

COBOD counts among its shareholders leading companies such as General Electric and the German scaffolding group PERI. It has also established an Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The company boasts that its technology will cut months off traditional lead times, streamline labor and alleviate supply issues.

The modular design of its printer is developed to fit most projects and uses innovative technology to control concrete extrusion. The fully automated process mainly takes place on site.

COBOD’s arrival coincides with a crisis in regional Australia as homes become increasingly scarce and more expensive.

Dubbo Council in central west New South Wales has decided to set aside up to four residential blocks to allow for a trial of 3D printed stock subject to regulatory guidelines.

CEO Murray Wood will report on its feasibility in September.

Meanwhile, the company that built Australia’s first 3D house in Melbourne, Luyten, has started taking orders from regional areas looking for affordable housing, school and accommodation options.

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