PROJECTS: Saudi developer Dar Al Arkan partners with COBOD to 3D print
The main Saudi real estate developer Dar Al Arkan announced on Sunday that it will partner with Danish COBOD to use 3D Construction Printing (3DCP) technology for its projects in the Kingdom.
The Saudi-listed company said in a press release that it will complete its first home with 3DCP technology in the mixed-use Shams Ar Riyadh project by the fourth quarter of 2021.
Dal Al Arkan said COBOD technology cuts construction time by more than half compared to traditional construction, requires less labor because it only takes three workers to build a house, uses less concrete and, ultimately, ensures lower costs and affordability for customers.
“A combination of reduced building material waste, less need for repair or rework, and low on-site LTI incidents will allow for highly cost-effective project management compared to traditional construction,” the statement said.
Capable of printing large-scale three-story residential units, 3DCP is based on the gantry system, which consists of a large-scale agile frame structure that supports the print head, along an X / axis. Y, according to the press release. The printhead can move in different directions to lay a special, strong and durable concrete formula in a specific pattern based on a predetermined digital design of a house or building directly on site.
Ziad El Chaar, vice president of Dar Al Arkan Properties, said the introduction of 3D construction printing would allow the company to focus on greater design flexibility, boost productivity and achieve better profitability.
Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and CEO of COBOD, said Saudi Arabia represents the biggest potential market in the Middle East for the company’s breakthrough 3D construction technology.
“We are very happy that a company as important and influential as Dar Al Arkan has chosen to partner with us. We look forward to working with them and helping them ensure the success of 3DCP technology in the Kingdom, ”he said.
(Written by SA Kader; edited by Anoop Menon)
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