SCIB announces completion of the first 3D printed house in Borneo


The 1,000sqft 3D printed house was completed in just 46 hour using a printer from COBOD International

Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) has announced the completion of its first 3D printed demonstration house in Sarawak, Borneo. The structure is said to be first 3D printed house in Borneo.

The demo house is located on the premises of the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), at their training arm premises Malaysian Construction Academy (ABM) in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia).

The 1,000sqft structure was 3D printed in 46 hours using the BOD2 3D construction printer from Denmark-based COBOD International. The total length of the print was over 9km, which was said to have been extruded layer by layer, in a total of 145 layers, each 2cm high.

In November 2021, the MoEI said it was building the UAE’s first 3D printed government facility and, in December 2021, Oman said it had built the world’s largest 3D printed concrete building.

“At COBOD International we are proud to have SCIB as our customer and to see them execute a first building. SCIB is a very innovative company and with our technology, we are excited to see SCIB enable faster execution of construction projects, as well as more efficient construction at a lower cost. This will be the first of many 3D printed houses to come in Asia- Pacific,” said Simon Klint Bergh, Head of Asia-Pacific for COBOD.

The SCIB team chose to plaster the outside walls of the house, which is said to be normal practice in the region due to high humidity weather conditions. Plastering also makes it easy to wash and clean when green algae grows on the walls, which occurs due to the climate conditions, the statement explained.

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SCIB, Rosland Othman concluded, “The use of technology such as 3D printing comes at a time when businesses are being scrutinised for the impact of their operations on the environment and society. Businesses have an important role in society and an important part is to operate responsibly. We believe 3D construction printing can be part of this and therefore we are also involved in a program with our university partner to develop and improve the skills and knowledge of the construction industry.”

In June 2022, Dubai Municipality launched several technical activities around 3D printing technologies and, in July 2022, NEx and ExxonMobil said they were working together to advance development of nonmetallic building materials.



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