Leading manufacturer of concrete 3D printers COBOD now offers an online configurator for developers and contractors to estimate the time and amount of materials needed for future jobs. The COBOD configurator also allows them to design their own machine, modulate it and concretely visualize what the work will look like on site. It is a timely solution for the construction market, which is increasingly turning to 3D technologies.
Concrete 3D printing offers multiple possibilities and advantages, including the reduction of time and costs, as well as the possibility of designing more complex structures by facilitating the work of operators. Despite this enticing promise, the use of additive manufacturing still raises many questions and challenges, whether on the durability of structures or on the handling of such machines. The COBOD configurator could remove certain obstacles, particularly in terms of integrating technology on the construction site.
A configurator for concrete 3D printing
Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and CEO of COBOD International, explains the purpose of the tool, “With this tool you can configure the size of our modular printers up to 3 story building printers, simulate print time and material consumption for our use case buildings. Using the configurator, you can see what the printer looks like exactly and what it can do for you.” COBOD thus wishes to help future users to project themselves and become fully aware of the possibilities of their machines.
Concretely, on this online tool, users will be able to choose the length, width and height of their printer. As soon as the measurements of the machine change, the footprint increases or decreases, allowing users to really know how big the structure would be. COBOD also provides access to many of their construction projects so users can calculate the amount of concrete needed as well as the printing time. For example, for a house of 170 m2 on 2 floors, it takes 1 day and 18 hours of printing. The BOD office required 7 hours and 48 minutes of work for an area of 43 square meters.
The tool is accessible from any computer with an internet connection but also via an Android and iOS application. In any case, it is part of an evolving market that has grown considerably in recent years. Henrik Lund-Nielsen concludes: “3D printed buildings have now become a more advantageous option than conventional construction methods. Indeed, a 3D printer saves many resources compared to conventional methods: it goes faster, requires fewer construction workers who are so hard to find these days and makes the work environment healthier. With our new Dfab solution for making real 3D printable concrete, local materials can be used to minimize costs, transport and delivery times..” Now go to the online configurator HERE.
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