Danish firm delivers Bod 2 printer to Saudi’s Elite

The world's largest 3D printer is coming to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s Elite for Construction & Development Company has purchased what has been described as the world’s largest 3D construction printer from Danish firm Cobod International.

The Bod 2 printer can produce buildings of 12 × 27 × 9 m buildings, as well as three-storey structures of 300 m2 per floor.

Cobod said in a statement that its printer will be delivered in Saudi Arabia by the end of May, adding that the machine will be the “first of its kind” in the kingdom.

Copenhagen-based Codod, a sister company of 3D Printhuset, manufactured Europe’s first 3D printed building in Europe, the Bod, in 2017. A year later saw it launch Bod 2.

In 2018, Germany’s Peri Group acquired a minority stake in Cobod.

Elite for Construction & Development Co’s order comes as Saudi Arabia rapidly adopts technologies such as 3D printing to deliver millions of homes as planned within its Vision 2030 economic mandate.

In March 2019, the kingdom’s Ministry of Housing approved a deal that will allow local builder Al Kathiri Holding Co to produce and use 3D-printed concrete for the authority’s projects.