Danish robot 3D construction printer company COBOD International A/S, known for making the 3D printers that made Europe’s first 3D printed 1-, 2- and 3-story buildings and for their cooperation with GE Renewable Energy on 3D printed windmill towers, is now making inroads into the US residential housing market. The houses are printed by some of COBOD’s first US customers and as COBOD has gained more customers in North America since then, more homes made with COBOD’s 3D construction printers are destined to come. In July 2021, PERI Group, another COBOD customer and minority investor, presented their project in Tempe, Arizona, printing a 1,740 sq. Zachary Mannheimer, CEO of Alquist3D stated: “We are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this project. Both of our organizations are aiming to build affordable housing and hopefully, this project will be one of many we do together in the future. Using 3D printing allows us to speed up the construction of a home while also lowering building cost, solving two housing challenges at once: the rising price of new homes and the speed at which they are built.” The Williamsburg house is already the second project done in Virginia by Alquist3D since receiving the COBOD printer shortly before summer. Despite the home being located close to the large city of Richmond, Alquist3D is primarily targeting other demographics with the 3D printed offering. Zach Mannheimer stated: “While most 3D printing endeavors focus on urban residential areas, many of the regions facing the biggest housing challenges exist in rural America. That is why we partnered with Virginia Housing and Virginia Tech to build homes for people who live outside of the places where most funding for housing programs is spent.” Further south, COBOD’s first US customer, Printed Farms Florida, recently 3D printed its second building. Printed Farms completed the project in cooperation with Precision Building & Renovating LLC, which in turn funded the project through the City of Tallahassee Affordable Housing Construction Loan program.
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