COBOD is always looking for research opportunities to drive innovation and enable academic institutions to explore new areas of research and educate students on this revolutionary technology. The same is true for the COBODs partnership with the Technical University of Denmark.

 

COBOD’s collaboration with DTU

Copenhagen, Denmark

“We are immensely happy with our collaboration with DTU. Through the N3XTCON project, we gain a lot of new knowledge about concrete as a material and the controllability of the printing process. And through our contact with DTU in Ballerup, we hire many interns who, as part of their BEng programme, spend six months with a company. Many of them we take on as student assistants while they finish their education, and several have gone on to permanent positions within the company,” says Henrik Lund-Nielsen – Founder & General Manager of COBOD.

COBOD is collaborating with DTU both in the N3XTCON project and with Ballerup Campus. The printer located at DTU Ballerup Campus measures 10 m x 15 m x ??? m.

 

DTU on the benefits of exploring 3DCP in academics
Thomas Juul Andersen, the team leader at the Concrete Centre at Danish Technological Institute, points out: “In many places, it is not concrete that is used at all, but rather a mortar-like material. Unfortunately, typically it has a bigger carbon footprint than concrete. The development of new concrete solutions with lower cement content, for example, is therefore key to ensuring that 3D concrete printing becomes a climate-friendly solution. This is one of the things we are exploring in the N3XTCON research project.

3D concrete printing has great potential to reduce material consumption in concrete construction. This is because it is an additive solution—i.e., only the material to be used is added. For example, if you want to print a column, you don’t have to print a solid column. You might be able to make do with a hollow column.”