Housing shortage may be resolved thanks to an International partnership, which is working on using 3D printed houses.
In Latin America, the adoption of additive manufacturing is slower than in other regions because fewer companies have adopted it. However, businesses like Cementos Progreso are evidence of the development of 3D printing in this area. The Guatemalan housing shortage may be resolved thanks to a partnership between this cement company and COBOD International, which is working on using 3D printed houses.
With more than 100 years of experience working with concrete and other building materials and solutions, Cementos Progreso is a Guatemalan business. Additionally, they support the development of 11 sustainable projects that raise living standards in the nations in which they operate. To enable 3D printing in Guatemala, they decided to collaborate with COBOD International, a leading provider of 3D printing solutions, last year. The transition to construction 3D printing was logical, given that, according to Habitat for Humanity, the current situation is dire, with just over 1% of the population owning 60% of the land and a housing deficit of 1.8 million homes.
COBOD Is the World Leader in 3D Printed Houses
” Plinio Estuardo Herrera, Head of Concrete at Cementos Progreso, said: “COBOD is the world leader in 3D construction printing solutions. We are confident that it is the best technology on the market. We have watched with our own eyes the buildings printed with technology. That makes us certain that Cementos Progreso has chosen a globally leading ally in implementing the technology in our country.”
For more than three years, Cementos Progreso’s R&D division has led the use of 3D printing in Guatemala by studying the creation of a 3D printable cementitious material. Additionally, this week they announced the opening an innovation and development center that will help Latin America’s construction printing sector grow. Cementos Progreso intends to use the center’s COBOD 3D printer in housing projects currently in the 3D modeling stage. Both businesses that stand to gain from this partnership are happy and proud of it.
COBOD International’s co-founder and director of the Americas, Philip Lund-Nielsen, said: “At COBOD International, we are proud to have Cementos Progreso among our partners. It is an innovative company leading Latin America’s 3D construction printing industry. With our technology, we are excited to see Cementos Progreso enable faster execution of construction projects and more efficient construction at a lower cost.”
We are aware of the exponential growth of additive manufacturing, its numerous applications across industries, the advantages it offers, and the number of nations where it is playing an increasingly significant role, including, in this case, Latin America. We hope this is the first of many upcoming 3D printing industry alliances and partnerships.
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