Melbourne-based company Fortex has partnered with COBOD International to bring the world-leading BOD2 3D construction printing technology to Australian shores.
Fortex Chief Executive Officer David Lederer said COBOD 3D construction printers deliver faster, greener, more durable buildings, with greater design freedom than conventional building methods.
“This world-leading technology is the disruptor conventional building needs. It is not only the future of construction, it is the now.”
COBOD 3D construction printing will carve months off traditional building timeframes, streamlining labour and alleviating supply issues at a time when skills and material shortages plague the conventional housing construction industry.
Under its partnership, Fortex will be the exclusive Australian distributor of COBOD International products including the BOD2 3D construction printer.
Danish-based COBOD is at the forefront of 3D construction printing globally, with projects across six continents. The company 3D printed Europe’s first building in 2017. Subsequently the first two- and three-storey buildings in Europe, specifically in Belgium and Germany were made with their technology. Also, the first villa in Dubai and the first buildings in Africa have been done by their 3D construction printers, like the first wind turbine bases.
The 3D printer’s modular design is developed to fit most projects, using innovative technology to control the extrusion of concrete, in accordance with the programmed build design. The fully automated process is predominantly conducted onsite.
While single and multiple storey domestic projects will be the prime application, concrete and mortar 3D prints outside of home construction are also possible with wind turbine towers already having been printed by the COBOD BOD2.
“We are talking about smarter, better, faster building,” Mr Lederer said. “And that means improved outcomes for building companies and consumers.”
The first BOD2 3D Construction printer will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022 with COBOD equipment available for immediate order.