Siam Cement Group (SCG), Southeast Asia’s largest cement and construction material manufacturer, has finished the world’s first 3D-printed medical center in Saraburi, Thailand. The two-story structure is 345m2 in size and includes a distinctive, wavy shape made feasible by 3D construction printing. SCG completed the project with a COBOD BOD2 3D concrete printer, which is also the largest 3D-printed building in the ASEAN area.
Design freedom, higher building speed, decreased labor needs, and less waste creation on the construction site are just a few of the advantages of 3D printing technology over traditional construction techniques. The structure was built to withstand seismic stresses and employs SCG’s unique 3D printing mortars with C75/80 and C30/35 strength classifications for load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls, respectively. A top professional engineer authorized the design.
SCG is the exclusive distributor of COBOD printers in Thailand, and it intends to enhance the market value of this unique technology. With innovation and technology, the firm hopes to develop best practices and standards for 3D printing building, assisting the sector in becoming more sustainable and carbon-neutral.
Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD Co-Founder and Head of APAC, commented: “Last year I was proud to announce our local partnership with SCG for introducing our technology to the Thai market. Now, the SCG team has truly shown the whole world, why they are the right partner with this fantastic accomplishment of printing a design-free structure like this. With this SCG is setting new standards for what can be done and showing the way for the market.”
COBOD’s 3D printing technology has been employed in a variety of industrial applications in Japan, office additions in Austria, and African schools. SCG’s feat in building the world’s first 3D-printed medical facility illustrates that this technology has the ability to produce far more than one-story residential buildings.
According to Mr. Chalermwut Snguanyat, 3D printing & fabric concrete technology director from SCG, the project’s highlight was to implement the company’s research on 3D printed structures. The building represents the successful implementation of collaborative studies with top-tier universities in Thailand for constructing a one-story 3D-printed load-bearing structure and a two-story 3D-printed non-load-bearing structure.
Mr. Chalermwut Snguanyat, 3D printing & fabric concrete technology director from SCG said: “Besides demonstrating SCG’s capability to build a two-story commercial building using the COBOD printer, the project’s highlight was to implement our research on a 3D printed structure. In this building, we successfully implemented results from our collaborative studies with top-tier universities in Thailand for constructing a one-story 3D-printed load-bearing structure and a two-story 3D-printed non-load-bearing structure. The design of the 3D-printed medical center was approved by a senior professional engineer. The materials used in this building were SCG 3D printing mortars with strength classes of C75/80 and C30/35 for load-bearing and non-load-bearing 3D-printed walls, respectively. As CPAC 3D printing solution under the SCG cement company umbrella, we aim to create best practices and standards for 3D printing construction. Moreover, our commitment is to help the construction industry become more sustainable and carbon-neutral through innovation and technology”.
Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD Co-Founder and Head of APAC, praised SCG’s accomplishment as setting new standards for the market. The successful completion of the 3D-printed medical center marks a significant milestone in the development of 3D printing technology for the construction industry, demonstrating its potential to revolutionize building practices and contribute to a more sustainable future.