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Construction printer set for Aussie debut

Distributor Fortex says the new system will help alleviate supply issues and carve months off homebuilding timeframes

A 3D printer that uses concrete, and which has already built houses in Europe and Africa, will be coming to Australia in the fourth quarter of this year.

The BOD2 system, developed by Denmark-based Cobod International, will be available in Australian through Melbourne-based construction company Fortex Australia, after it signed an exclusive distribution agreement with the company.

Fortex chief executive David Lederer says the new technology promises to deliver faster and more durable homes and commercial 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,” he says.

“We are talking about smarter, better, faster building,” Lederer says.

“And that means improved outcomes for building companies and consumers.”

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 Fortex says 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 BOD2.

Fortex adds that the system promises to carve months off homebuilding timeframes, streamlining labour and helping to alleviate supply issues.

The first BOD2 3D Construction printer will arrive in Australia in Q4 with Cobod equipment available for immediate order.

For more info on 3D printing in Australia, check out our story on Luyten 3D’s work printing houses in the Outback.

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