Saudi firm buys “world’s largest 3D printer” for housing

Danish 3D printing company Cobod International has sold what it calls the world’s largest 3D construction printer to a contractor in Saudi Arabia.

The machine can print three-storey buildings of more than 300 square metres per storey, Cobod said in a 14 March press release.

Saudi Arabian firm Elite for Construction & Development placed the order earlier in March.

To be delivered at the end of May, the printer will print buildings up to 12m wide, 27m long, and 9m high.

Cobod said the "BOD2" will be the first of its kind in the country.

According to Cobod, Elite for Construction & Development is targeting the need for building 1.5 million private houses in the next 10 years.

"We will be able to carry out projects with our own crews and based on 3D printable concrete made locally," said Saad Al Shathri, general manager of Elite for Construction & Development.

"This will bring costs significantly down compared to temporary imported printers using foreign made materials."

Image: Cobod International’s visualisation of the printer

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