Top Saudi real estate developer Dar Al Arkan announced on Sunday that it will partner with Denmark’s COBOD to use 3D Construction Printing (3DCP) technology for its projects in the Kingdom. 

The Saudi stock exchange-listed company said in a press statement that it would complete its first house with 3DCP technology in the mixed-use Shams Ar Riyadh project by the fourth quarter of 2021. 

Dal Al Arkan said COBOD’s technology cuts construction time by more than half compared to traditional construction, requires less manpower since it takes only three workers to build one house, use less concrete and ultimately, ensures lower costs and affordability for customers.  

“A combination of reduced waste of construction materials, less need for repair or rework and low on-site LTI incidents will enable highly cost-efficient project management than traditional construction,” the statement said. 

Capable of printing three-storey large-scale residential units, 3DCP is based on the Gantry System, which consists of an agile large-scale frame structure that supports the printhead, along an X/Y axis, according to the statement. The printhead can move in various directions to lay a special strong and sustainable concrete formula in a specific pattern based on a predetermined digital design of a home or a building directly on site. 

Ziad El Chaar, Vice Chairman, Dar Al Arkan Properties, said the introduction of 3D construction printing would enable the company to focus on greater flexibility of design, strengthen productivity and achieve higher cost efficiency.  

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager, COBOD said Saudi Arabia represents the largest potential market in the Middle East for the company’s disruptive 3D construction technology. 

“We are very pleased with the fact, that such an important and influential company as Dar Al Arkan have chosen to partner with us. We look forward to working with them and to assist them with assuring the success of the 3DCP technology in the Kingdom,” he said. 

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon) 


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