Guatemala now hosts its first seismic-resistant 3D printed house

Guatemala got its first 3D printed house using COBOD 3D printers.

The Central and South American cement industry accelerator Progreso X, inaugurated a 3D printed house in Guatemala, a first in the country. 

The 49 square meters organically-shaped 3D printed house was built in collaboration with the Danish construction group 3DCP Group, using a COBOD 3D printer. Progreso X made this happen by combining concrete 3D printing technology with traditional palm leaves rancho-roof which made the house ideal for seismic regions like Guatemala. 

Three-meter-high 3D printed walls were created for this project. The builders bypassed the huge expense of building organic-shaped walls out of concrete materials by switching to 3D printed concrete walls. 

The housing project was completed within a week courtesy 26 printing hours of the COBOD BOD2 construction 3D printer which has been previously used for construction 3D printing in the US, Canada and Mexico. 

The 3D printed concrete walls coupled with lightweight palm leaves roof made way for sustainable homes well suited for the weather and seismic activity in Guatemala. 3D printed concrete walls are solving many critical issues these days as seen in the living Seawalls project in Florida which tackles rising sea levels, or the Pluria Novilia creating 3D printed rental homes. 

The 3D Printed house from the outside

The R&D department Manager at Progreso X, Plinio Estuardo Herrera hailed the project for fulfilling the distant dream of creating a 3D printed house in Guatemala and three companies will work together on many more projects. 

The 3D printed house from the inside

Welcoming the completion of the 3D printing project, the Co-Founder of COBOD, Philip Lund-Nielsen said : “the region has adopted 3D construction printing slower than others, but the interest is growing rapidly. We expect interesting new developments to happen shortly, including in Mexico, especially now that successful steps have been taken to verify the suitability of the printing technology in a seismic region”.

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