3D printed houses on the way

With the construction industry in turmoil as material shortages, soaring costs, and labor constraints hit, the world of 3D printing is about to make a name for itself in the world. Australian construction industry.

With technology tasked with reproducing everything it touches, 3D was bound to have an influence on the built form industry.

The 3D printing revolution has now reached Australian shores on a larger scale with Melbourne-based Fortex announcing its exclusive partnership with COBOD International to bring world-leading BOD2 3D construction printing technology here.

Fortex CEO David Lederer said COBOD 3D construction printers deliver faster, greener and more sustainable homes and commercial buildings with greater design freedom than conventional construction methods.

“Fortex is proud to be laying the foundation for a new building paradigm in Australia with COBOD 3D printers,” he said.

“This advanced technology is the disruptor conventional buildings need, it’s not just the future of building, it’s the present.”

COBOD 3D construction printing is expected to slash traditional home construction times by months, streamlining labor and easing supply issues at a time when skills and material shortages plague the industry construction of conventional housing.

As part of its partnership, Fortex will be the exclusive Australian distributor of COBOD International products, including the BOD2 3D construction printer.

3D printing technology is now being used for the construction of wind turbine towers.

Danish company COBOD is at the forefront of construction 3D printing worldwide, with projects on six continents.

With an Asia-Pacific regional office in Kuala Lumpur, COBOD is headquartered in Denmark and counts among its shareholders such world-leading companies as General Electric and PERI.

Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director, said they were proud to partner with Fortex to bring their cutting-edge 3D construction printing technology to Australia.

“This agreement, along with our new distribution partners Siam Cement in Thailand and KA Bina in Malaysia and our new regional office in Malaysia, means that we are penetrating even further into the growing Asia-Pacific market.”

The modular design of the 3D printer is developed to fit most projects, using innovative technology to control concrete extrusion in accordance with the programmed construction design.

The fully automated process is mainly carried out on site.

While single and multi-story domestic projects will be the primary application, concrete and mortar 3D printing outside of home construction is also possible, with wind turbine towers having already been printed by the COBOD BOD2.

“We’re talking about building smarter, better and faster,” Lederer said.

“And that means better results for construction companies and consumers.”

The first BOD2 3D Construction printer will arrive in Australia in Q4 with COBOD equipment available for immediate ordering.

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