“The technology is ready for the market”: Germany´s first printed house opens

Formwork and scaffolding maker Peri has announced that Germany’s first printed house is ready for occupancy.

The 160 sq m, two-storey house was created using a Cobod Bod2 printer and is located in Beckum in northwest Germany.

The plan for the house was unveiled last year after it received €200,000 in funding from the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Printing began on 17 September 2020, using printing mortar from HeidelbergCement with mixing technology from German construction firm M-tec Mathis Technik. The design was by local company Mense-Korte and testing was carried out at Munich’s Technical University.

Thomas Imbacher, board member of Peri’s innovation and marketing team, said: "Together with our Danish technology partner Cobod, the Peri team has shown that 3D concrete printing technology is ready for the market. The project in Beckum is a milestone that has set many things in motion in the industry."

Ina Scharrenbach, North Rhine-Westphalia’s construction minister, said: "With the first 3D printed residential building in Germany, positive pressure is being generated in the construction industry for innovative construction with new technologies, for greater attractiveness in construction professions and for modern architecture with new styles.

"Now we need to gain experience with the building and establish the manufacturing process on the market, because only more housing provides affordable rents. The pressure must not let up to constantly give new impetus to all those working in the construction industry with new projects."

Images courtesy of Peri

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