Construction 3D Printing

Dar Al Arkan 3D prints three-strory villa in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The building was printed using a COBOD 3D construction printer, in 6 days, and stands 9.9m tall

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Leading Saudi Arabian real estate developer, Dar Al Arkan, has recently completed the build of the world’s tallest on-site 3D printed building, thanks to a COBOD 3D construction printer. The three-story, state-of-the-art villa in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh, stands 9.9m tall, and compromises 345m² of floor space. The building is the first 3D printed building from Dar Al Arkan, and was printed in just 26 days. It is fully compliant with the local building codes. The building was made without the use of a tent, just after the summer, in a hot desert where temperatures get above 40° Celsius.

The villa features smart applications that control various functions of the house, including doors, locks, AC, and lighting, and has nine solar panels on the roof, which generate enough electricity to power many of the villa’s systems, including lighting and heating. In addition to this, heat-reflecting nano-technology was used for painting the exterior walls, which makes the villa up to 40% more heat-resistant than traditional buildings. The exterior of the house is also four times stronger that any regular-built one.

The level of design flexibility, made possible through the use of cutting-edge 3D printing technology, allows for easy and quick customization of finishes and styles – enabling Dar Al Arkan to offer its future clients a truly personalized experience. With this feature, the company aims to create homes that are tailored to the unique tastes and preferences of its clients, setting a new standard in the real estate industry.

“Our efforts are focused on developing the kingdom’s real estate sector by integrating the latest trends and technologies, drawn from global best practices to enhance our industry locally and deliver on the objectives of vision 2030. The introduction of 3D construction printing enables us to focus on greater flexibility of design, strengthen productivity and achieve higher cost efficiency,” said Wael al Hagan, 3D construction printing project manager from Dar Al Arkan.

Dar Al Arkan 3D prints three-strory, 9.9m tall villa in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, using a COBOD 3D construction printer, in 6 days. “In Saudi, we are rapidly developing in the construction sector through our Building Technology Initiative and implementing new technologies to enable 70% of the Saudi population to own their homes by 2030. Our strategy is to revolutionize the way people think about home through smart futuristic methods,” said The Ministry of Housing in Saudi Arabia.

The project was executed using local materials and the D.fab solution developed by Cemex and COBOD – a solution that allows COBOD customers to use 99% local and inexpensive materials, while only relying on 1% that is sourced from a central location.

“The 3-story villa from Dar Al Arakan is really representing state of art of the 3D construction printing industry both in terms of size and quality and in many other ways. The villa demonstrates the capabilities of the technology regarding scale, speed, use of cheap local materials and innovative solutions. Our technology delivers the fastest construction method in the world, and when this is combined with low-cost locally-made concrete, a winning formula has been established,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and General Manager of COBOD.

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