Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.
On September 29th 2020, formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI of Weißenhorn, Germany announced that it was building what it proclaimed was Germany’s first 3D printed residential building in Beckum, North Rhine-Westphalia. The house is intended to have circa 1,720 square feet (160 square metres) of living space across 2 floors, and the project received a €200,000 subsidy from the local state government as part of its ongoing so-called “Innovatives Bauen” (innovative construction) development scheme. (For reasons unknown, the English version of PERI’s press release referred to the €200,000 amount as a then approximation in US Dollars, specifically circa $234,000.)
The house was made using a BOD2 3D printer from COBOD of Copenhagen, Denmark. PERI boasted that this needed only 2 operators to run, was the currently fastest construction 3D printer on the market and could 3D print a square metre of double-skin wall in just 5 minutes. (COBOD is short for construction of buildings on demand; they are a self-proclaimed “strive towards full automation in the construction industry by designing robotic 3D construction printers and automated processes for the building site” company. It is almost certainly not coincidence that PERI bought a stake in COBOD in 2018.)
A similar example of 3D printing’s use in construction involves Kamp C of Westerlo, Belgium. In July 2020, they 3D printed a 2-storey “house” out of a single piece of concrete, also using COBOD BOD2. However, this was only created as part of a government-funded project to demonstrate the potential of 3D printing in the construction industry, and would not actually be lived in.
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