A dynamic collaboration is taking place between two Danish organizations, and they are some of the most unique we have ever written about. Kamp C and COBOD International are linking in innovation now as the center for sustainability and innovation in the Belgian Flemish province (and a hub for progressive construction planning) ordered a new 3D printer from Construction Building On Demand.
The impressive 10x10x10 BOD2 3D printer was manufactured for the construction industry, catching the attention of the team at Kamp C as they, like many other companies and organizations today, have become extremely interested—and invested—in leveraging the benefits of 3D printing. This latest purchase was not an impulsive purchase though, resulting from an intensive EU tendering process beginning last year that included numerous European manufacturers and sellers.
“Kamp C wants to keep up with the latest developments and even play a pioneering role in terms of innovation in construction,” said Kathleen Helsen, President of Kamp C. “We have succeeded in this ambition with this printer. This innovation offers countless new options for the entire construction industry.”
COBOD offers a comprehensive, hands-on experience for customers like Kamp C too, not only developing, manufacturing, and selling them the giant 3D printer, but also handling education and training for Kamp C employees. Consequently, individuals at Kamp C will be able to pass their knowledge on to other users who want to learn how to use the technology.
“COBOD International has supplied the printer and the necessary training, but today we are fully capable of operating the printer without the involvement of COBOD,” said Kai Van Bulck, Project Manager from Kamp C. “Companies will be able to come here and experiment with the printer until 2020, giving them plenty of time to discover all the advantages of this technique.”
“Here in the beginning we will mainly do various tests and experiments, but later we intent to start 3D printing a two-story building of our own.”
Van Bulck as project manager also represents Kamp C further in the C3PO-project which encourages co-creating and 3D printing with other like-minded organizations. C3P0 was created, in fact, with the sole intention of establishing 3D printing in the Flemish construction industry. So, far, organizations getting involved consist of Groep Van Roey, ETIB and Beneens, TRiAS architecten and Ghent and Thomas More universities. And their future work is very ambitious, not only to construct the first 3D printed building in Belgium, but to do so on site, featuring a two-story design.
“3D construction printing is still very new and so far, only companies which have made printers have operated them. Kamp C will be the first organization to construct a building on site with a large 3D construction printer not developed by themselves,” said Jakob Jørgensen, Technical Manager of COBOD, and responsible for the installation and training at Kamp C. “We are very pleased with the supply to Kamp C and it is great to see that Kamp C now has the experience and competence to set ambitious goals for their use of the printer.”
We have followed both of these organizations throughout the years, beginning with COBOD’s inception via 3D Printhuset and significant minority stake acquisition by Peri Group late last year. Find out more about Kamp C (along with more about their interesting history and plans for the future) here, and COBOD here.
What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts; join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.[Source / Images: COBOD International press release]
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