Thanks to a new partnership between Fortex and COBOD international, Australia is now joining in on the 3D printing revolution.
The Melbourne-based company has secured an exclusive deal with COBOD, making them the sole providers of BOD2 3D construction printing technology in Australia.
According to Fortex Chief Executive Officer David Lederer, 3D construction is the future of the construction industry, leading to faster, greener, and more durable homes and commercial buildings. It also allows greater design freedom when compared to conventional building methods
“Fortex is proud to be laying the foundation for a new construction paradigm in Australia,” says David. “This world-leading technology is the disruptor of conventional building needs. It is not only the future of construction, it is the now.”
With equipment set to become available for immediate order, it won’t be long before 3D printed houses establish their position in the Australian housing market.
COBOD is a Danish company with projects in six countries. In 2017, they printed Europe’s first building, and have only grown from there. Today, they partner with customers and suppliers around the world, with the aim of establishing 3D printing technology as a viable alternative to conventional building methods. They seek to revolutionise the global construction industry with their innovative approach to 3D printing systems, leading to faster, better, and cheaper project solutions.
And they are already well on their way, with significant shareholders including world-leading companies such as General Electric and Peri. Their offices can be found around the world in Denmark, Kuala Lumpur, and more.
According to Regional General Manager for COBOD Asia pacific, Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD are “proud to be partnering with Fortex to bring our state-of-the-art 3D construction printing technology to Australia. This arrangement, together with our new distribution partners Siam Cement in Thailand and KA Bina in Malaysia, will mean that we penetrate the growing market in Asia Pacific even further.”
COBOD have undergone years of field research to ensure they are delivering only the best quality for their customers and partners.
Why use 3D printing technology?
COBOD’s 3D construction printing technology is made using sustainable materials, leading to better environmental outcomes for customers. Thanks to innovative technology, the printed homes can also be more resistant to the dynamic weather conditions in Australia, including threats such as floods and fires. The process requires minimal labour, making it time and cost efficient.
The printer is designed to work with most projects, using technology to monitor the extrusion of concrete depending on the programmed design for the build. This process is fully automated, and can be predominantly conducted on site. It will primarily be used for single and multi story homes, however the printer can also take on larger projects such as wind turbines, which have already been constructed using the same methods.
“We are talking about smarter, better, faster building,” says Simon. “And that means improved outcomes for building companies and consumers.”
With so much to offer the construction industry, it’s clear that 3D printing may establish itself as the future of our building programs. It will challenge conventional construction for the better, raising questions around how we can continue to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of Australian industries for the future.
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