EUROPE’S FIRST 3D PRINTED OFFICE NOW OPEN

By Jan Arreza | September 23, 2022

Europe’s first 3D printed office extension – a 125m2 extension to an existing building – has opened in Hausleiten in Austria, printed with a Bod2 construction printer from 3D construction printing solutions company, Cobod.

The 125sqm office extension building printed by Peri with a Cobod Bod2 3D construction printer.
Image: Cobod

The project is a result of a collaboration between construction technology group Strabag, and scaffolding and formwork manufacturer and 3D concrete printing pioneer, Peri. The extension building was printed with a Bod2 construction printer from 3D construction printing solutions company Cobod.

“The building in Hausleiten is a milestone for Strabag, for Peri, for all involved. And a milestone for the Austrian construction industry as a whole,” said Thomas Imbacher, member of the Board for innovation and marketing at Peri SE.

“We are convinced that 3D printing of buildings will be part of the future of construction, as this technology offers solutions for challenges that are currently occupying our industry – digitalisation, efficiency, shortage of skilled workers, and much more.”

The maximum printing speed of the Bod2 3D construction printer is one meter per second, and the shell construction in Hausleiten was completed in around 45 hours of pure printing time.

According to Cobod, 3D printing in general allows design freedom, compared to classic concrete construction, such as architecturally appealing rounded shapes.

The company said that the office building in Austria impresses with its unusual architectural form, and the structures of the printed concrete are recognizable as a design element on the facade, which gives the building a special appearance in addition to the cloverleaf shape.

“We are proud to see more and more buildings being 3D printed with our Bod2 printer as a consequence of our leading position in the market,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, founder and general manager of Cobod.

“Our superior technology is documented by Cobod’s technology, 3D printing multiple applications, other than just low-rise residential buildings, such as windmill tower bases, concrete pipe supports, schools and now and office building.

“We firmly believe that 3D construction printing will revolutionize the construction industry due to its ability to automate and industrialize the construction process.”

In 2018, Peri Group acquired a minority stake in Cobod. Since then, both companies have worked closely together to push the boundaries of 3D construction printing.

With the printing project in Hausleiten, the Peri 3D printing team have now successfully completed six printing projects with Cobod’s 3D construction printers.

These include the first 3D printed house in Germany, the first 3D printed multi-family house/apartment building in Europe, and now the office extension in Hausleiten.

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