Heidelberg, dubbed as Germany’s city of science, will soon host the largest 3D-printed building in Europe — a cloud & data center for Heidelberg IT Management.
Construction on this groundbreaking project began on March 31, 2023, with an anticipated completion date by the end of July 2023. The 3D printing expertise for this endeavor is being provided by PERI 3D Construction, utilizing Denmark-based COBOD’s BOD2 3D construction printer to form the building’s walls.
PERI is leveraging the rapid printing capabilities of the technology and aims to finish the walls within a mere 140 hours, employing exclusively 100% recycled materials. This equates to an impressive printing speed of 4 square meters per hour.
In terms of dimensions, the building spans approximately 54 meters in length, 11 meters in width, and 9 meters in height. This remarkable size solidifies its status as the largest 3D-printed building in Europe thus far.
Furthermore, according to builder and developer Kraus Gruppe, unlike conventional cement constructions, the project is expected to achieve a 55% reduction in carbon emissions, underscoring the environmentally sustainable nature of 3D-printed architecture.
Nevertheless, after the 3D printer concludes its tasks, there remains a need for human builders to handle the completion of aspects that are currently beyond the capabilities of 3D printers. This includes the installation of a roof, doors, wiring, and any other necessary components.