VIDEO: Cobod set to ship world's largest 3D printer to Saudi Arabia

PICTURES: The world's largest 3D printer is ready to reach Elite for Construction & Development Co in Saudi Arabia

The world's largest 3D printer is coming to Saudi Arabia.
The world's largest 3D printer is coming to Saudi Arabia.

Cobod is ready to ship the world’s largest 3D construction printer to Elite for Construction & Development Co in Saudi Arabia – ordered as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 mandate to build 1.5 million private-sector homes over the next 10 years – after completing the dry and full testing of the printer, a machine that offers a print area of 300m2 per floor and can print three-floor tall buildings, with its Bod 2 configuration marking the largest that Cobod has produced to date. 

After a private house in Riyadh was 3D-printed last year, multiple public and private organisations have shown interest in 3D printing for Saudi Arabia’s construction projects.

Following the latest Bod 2 delivery to the Technical University of Denmark in early-July, Cobod is now ready to ship the next to Saudi Arabia, and is able to print buildings of 12x27x9m.

Cobod’s Bod 2 printers have a possible speed of up to to 100cm per second. 

So far, the concrete pumping equipment and concrete materials limitations have hindered full utilisation of this speed. Other Bod 2 customers have regularly been able to go up to 30 cm/second, Cobod said in a statement, adding that while the speed was three times faster than previous standards, it was still “somewhat below the capacity of the printer”.

Rendering of a building that Cobod's printer can build [supplied].

Commenting on the development, Cobod’s chief executive officer, Henrik Lund-Nielsen, said: We are excited to have completed the manufacturing and testing of this enormous 3D construction printer. 

“The Saudis’ wishes for such a size of the printer once again proved our choice of creating the Bod 2 printer via a modular system. 

“No other company would be able to deliver a printer with the same capabilities, and we are very proud to provide our Saudi partners with a printer capable of constructing buildings of a size not seen before in the market.”

Cobod's Bod 2 during testing [supplied].

Michael Holm, head of research and development at Cobod, said the 3D printer was the company’s “most impressive” machine produced to date, adding that it featured a “special designed steel structure, weather sealed electronics, high level of control, and safety features”. 

Cobod’s head of technology, Jakob Jørgensen, added: “After developing a modular 3D construction printer like Bod 2, we didn’t expect to produce a model as big as this one so soon after releasing it to the industry. 

“But we have been fortunate to have Elite for Construction & Development Co believe in our system, and I’m looking forward to travel to Saudi Arabia, setup their Bod 2, and start the training of their operators.” 

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