Experience 3D construction printing live with Cobod virtual reality

VR solution offers a realistic experience

With Cobod's new VR solution, individuals can watch many of the company's real printed buildings being constructed in a virtual residential area.

Cobod, a leading global manufacturer of 3D construction printers, has announced the launch of its unique Virtual Reality (VR) solution for 3D construction printing. This innovative solution allows potential customers to experience live 3D construction printing in real time, right in front of their eyes in virtual reality.

At many occasions, it is not practical or convenient for people to experience real-time printing of buildings due to their location or timing. With Cobod’s new VR solution, individuals can watch many of the company’s real printed buildings being constructed in a virtual residential area, complete with trees, cars, and other objects, for an even more realistic experience.

With the help of technology, people get into the heart of an already well-known and widely used program, the Cobod Configurator. Virtual Reality helps people experience the real size of a 3D concrete printer in different configurations. Also, individuals can witness close up of the gantry printer work and see how layer by layer the house is created.

Michael Holm, Chief Innovation officer at Cobod, said: “As the creator of this VR system, I’m thrilled to offer an immersive experience that brings our 3D construction printers to life. This technology enables clients to truly understand the scale and potential of our printers, empowering them to envision a more innovative and sustainable future for the construction industry.”

Cobod will be presenting this new VR solution at the UK’s largest built environment event, UK Construction Week, in London from 2 to 4 May. Attendees can visit the company’s booth F510 and try out the VR solution for themselves.

Additionally, Cobod together with their UK Partner Harcourt Technologies Ltd (HTL) will be warming up for the big LIVE printing with a real D.fab concrete solution being batched, developed in collaboration with the leading cement manufacturer Cemex, for the first time at the UK Construction Week in Birmingham from 3 October to October 5 2023. Attendees can witness the batching process with the batch plant outside, and the printer inside printing at an expo area of 10 x 5 meters.

Marchant Van Den Heever, CTO of HTL.tech, said: “Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to experience Cobod’s new VR solution. Virtual reality is an incredibly powerful tool for visualizing complex 3D models, and using it to showcase 3D construction printing projects can help clients understand the process in a more immersive and engaging way. We see this tool as an exciting way the get clients, designers, and contractors up to speed on the inner workings of how a 3D construction printing project actually works.”

Cobod is a world leader in 3D construction printing solutions with +65 printers sold worldwide. Its mission is to build smarter through multifunctional construction robots based on 3D printing technology and its vision is to automate a minimum 50% of construction processes on building sites. Cobod’s 3D printers made Europe’s first building in 2017.  

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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