CEMEX Announces Investment in COBOD 3D Printing Technology


Mexican multinational building materials company CEMEX announced that its venture capital and open innovation unit CEMEX companiesinvests in COBODa world leader in construction-grade 3D printers.

CEMEX and COBOD have worked together over the past year to innovate in the field of 3D printing. A 3D printing solution that uses conventional ready-mixed concrete in the construction process was recently introduced through this partnership.

The solution can generate significant cost savings over traditional 3D printing construction methods and has been implemented in multiple geographies. With this investment, CEMEX will strengthen its ability to use 3D printing technology and provide the company with another avenue to address affordable housing needs.

In today’s 3D printing construction, manufacturing methods rely on highly specialized and expensive mortars. CEMEX has introduced an exclusive family of admixtures called D.Fab, which allows conventional concrete to be effectively adapted for 3D-printed construction.

The innovation of admixtures produces a more fluid and malleable concrete that facilitates 3D printing applications, and it is possible for the concrete to form instantly.

“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.

Galindo added, “Our innovation efforts position us at the forefront of new technologies that help build a better future.”

“I am proud that CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry, is joining us as an investor alongside our other shareholders PERI and GE Renewable Energy. CEMEX is already an important partner for us,” said Henrik-Lund Nielsen, Founder and CEO of COBOD.

Nielsen continued, “Together, we have already dramatically improved construction 3D printing with the successful D.Fab solution and we intend to continue to develop innovative new materials to build a better future through hardware solutions. for 3D printing applications that significantly reduce construction costs and time.”

COBOD is known for printing the first 3D printed building in Europe in 2017, especially in Belgium and Germany, alongside other buildings in Dubai and Africa. The company has also manufactured record-high wind turbine towers using 3D concrete printing.

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