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3D printing for sustainable architecture: Zero-Wastage in construction, but perfectly shaped, fast and efficient

3D printing technologies make it easier for the construction industry to adapt to changing conditions. The AI-Table project stands as a true symbol. Rising raw material prices, fragile supply chains, growing time pressure and maximum environmental awareness:


Restoration using 3D printing

For fifteen years the team from the Egyptian Museum in Berlin dug in the Sudanese desert and restored historically valuable items. The exhibition “Naga City of Kings” at the Kunstforum of the Berliner Volksbank Foundation now presents the impressive results of this work. Visitors can even glimpse an actual model of the famous Hathor Chapel, which was produced by voxeljet using the 3D printing method Binder Jetting.

“From the shapeless earth to the earth as house shaped”.

The challenge of TECLA, the eco-sustainable 3D printed habitat, took form.

WASP (Italy’s pioneering specialists in 3D printing) has completed the printing phase of the TECLA supporting structure, the first and unique fully 3D printed construction based on natural materials and made with multiple 3D printers operating at the same time.

3D printing makes complex concrete formwork more efficient

A first-class reference: DOKA uses voxeljet for the construction of complex formworks
During the construction of the headquarters of the Sächsische Aufbaubank in Leipzig, a semi-spiral staircase with intermediate landing was to be erected, which is mounted on a supporting wall. In order to give it a gentle and even curve, a highly precise concrete formwork was required.

3D printing of complex geometric shapes for the construction industry

Various cooperation projects have already proven the effectiveness and efficiency of using 3D-printed formwork.
One of the first projects took place in cooperation with Züblin AG. For the "Stuttgart 21" project - in which Züblin AG is involved in several construction phases - columns with goblet shoulders are to be erected in the underground station. The special feature of this complex form is the double-curved surfaces in the upper section. A hybrid solution consisting of conventional formwork and moulds from 3D printing seemed to make sense here - also in terms of cost.

voxeljet AG prints complex formwork for "intelligent" concrete ceiling in DFAB (NEST)

voxeljet AG 3D-printed the highly complex formwork for the DFAB House (digitally fabricated house) research project in the NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies) of the EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research). This is a 78 m2 lightweight concrete slab as a statically optimised and functionally integrated floor slab with an unusually complex shape. 3D printing with the "powder-binding-jetting" process has once again proven its worth here.

First 3D printed buildings in Africa printed by BOD2 in Malawi to support UN’s sustainability goals

We are proud to announce that 14 Trees, a joint venture between LafargeHolcim and CDC group, is using our BOD2 printer to print low-carbon housing and schools in Malawi. The walls of a first demo building in Lilongwe, Malawi was done in just 14 hours and the walls of a first school in just 18 hours.

BOD2 3D construction printers moving into off-site precast plants in Europe

Röser GmbH in Germany just had a gantry 3D printer from COBOD installed, as the first precast plant in Europe
The first 3 floors 3D construction printed apartment building reaches its second floor
Henrik Lund-Nielsen speaks about the state of the 3DCP industry in EyeSpyTalks webinar

COBOD’s BOD2 3D construction printer used to make the worlds first 3D printed commercial apartment building

PERI, our German partner, is using our BOD2 3D construction printer for the project.
A total of 380 m2 of building will be made making a total of 5 apartments, which will be rented out once the project is complete.
This is neither a research nor demo project – The building is being made for profit.


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