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Saudia Arabia Buys Largest 3D Construction Printer

Monday, March 25, 2019

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Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company has recently purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod International.

As part of the deal—the financial terms for which have not been disclosed—the printer will be delivered by the end of May. It will reportedly be the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.

What This Means

The Bod 2 is a modular gantry-based 3D construction printer that can produce buildings of 12-by-27-by-9 meters, as well as three-story structures of 300 square meters per floor.

“Not only is the Bod 2 the fastest 3D construction printer in the world, but the modular approach of the Bod 2 has allowed us to deliver the size that Elite for Construction & Development Co wanted,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, chief executive officer at Cobod.

The purchase is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which is the country’s program to enhance the development and diversification of its economy. As part of that plan, the kingdom is aiming to build 1.5 million homes in the next 10 years.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Housing, Majid Al-Hogail, and Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, unveiled Benaa Housing, a website platform that is slated to help developers and contractors review housing projects across the kingdom.

“We will make this revolutionizing technology available in all of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 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 Co., in a press release.

“This will bring costs significantly down compared to temporary imported printers using foreign made materials. With the 3D construction printing technology, we will be able to do projects almost impossible with conventional technology, and we will build faster and cheaper than before. At the same time, we decided to invest in a very large printer, such that the scope of projects we can carry out will be as big as possible.”

Industry Vision

In addition to 3D printing, the kingdom has made significant strides in the paints and coatings industry, most notably beginning in 2016, when the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority chose The ChemQuest Group Inc., a Cincinnati-based international business strategy firm that specializes in specialty chemicals, to undertake a technical and market study of paints and coatings within Saudi Arabia.

ChemQuest provided its recommendations, developed on the basis of competitive criteria from model countries such as the United States, Germany and China, that conform to the kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy.

In May 2017, Al-Qasabi announced the launch of a paints and coatings interest committee, and in July 2017, the SAGIA signed 13 Statements of Intent with coatings industry investors and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Tagged categories: 3D printing; 3D Printing; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Program/Project Management; Sustainability

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