CEMEX Ventures invests in 3D printing company COBOD
CEMEX Ventures (Cemex Group) invests in COBOD, a world leader in construction 3D printers. CEMEX and COBOD have worked together over the past year to innovate in the field of 3D printing. Through this partnership, they recently introduced the first-ever 3D printing solution that uses conventional ready-mixed concrete in the construction process. The solution can generate significant cost savings over traditional 3D printing construction methods and materials and has been implemented in multiple geographies.
With this investment, CEMEX will strengthen its ability to use 3D printing technology and add another pathway to meet housing needs. CEMEX and COBOD also intend to develop innovative material solutions and improve building performance for 3D printing applications.
Current 3D printing construction methods rely on highly specialized and expensive mortars. CEMEX has introduced a family of proprietary admixtures called D.fab, which allows conventional concrete to be effectively adapted for 3D-printed construction. This admixture innovation produces a smoother, more pumpable concrete that aids in 3D printing applications. COBOD’s printers and expertise, in combination with admixtures, enable a more efficient process that requires less material and uses any concrete, says CEMEX.
“The investment in COBOD reflects our customer-centric mindset and our consistent focus on continuous innovation and improvement. Together with COBOD, CEMEX has developed a customer experience in 3D printing construction that is superior to anything provided in the past,” said Gonzalo Galindo, Head of CEMEX Ventures. “Our innovation efforts position us at the forefront of new technologies that help build a better future.”
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