COBOD International, the business that provides the 3D printer utilized at the Bergen research facility, has received a minority investment from GE Renewable Energy. The investment, according to officials from both firms, would build on an existing connection with COBOD International, a major provider of 3D construction printing solutions, which began in 2019. With more than 50 3D construction printers supplied worldwide, COBOD is experiencing double-digit growth and is the global market leader in 3D construction printing. The investment’s financial details were not revealed.
“This agreement, which will further strengthen our ability to use COBOD’s 3D printing technology and competences in the renewable energy space, is another sign of our commitment to help drive the energy transition by investing in technology that promotes a more sustainable, circular design strategy and helps to create local jobs. Since we started cooperating with COBOD, the company has continued to improve their technical competence and innovative solutions, reinforcing the benefits of solidifying the relationship between our companies,”GE Renewable Energy Advanced Manufacturing Technology Leader Matteo Bellucci, said.
Last week, the two companies attended a ribbon-cutting event in Bergen, New York, to celebrate the opening of a new research and development facility that would focus on 3D printing the concrete base of wind turbine towers. The study, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will allow GE Renewable Energy to develop new manufacturing methods for wind turbine towers that are more efficient and sustainable.
“I am extremely proud that such an iconic and world class company like GE would like to partner with COBOD, and help us deliver on the automated construction solutions of the future. Since 2019, when we began cooperating with GE, we have already sharpened our R&D competence, engineering and industrial skills significantly as a direct result of the cooperation, and we look very much forward to continuing benefitting from the vast resources of GE. On behalf of the entire COBOD organization, I want to thank GE for their trust and support,”COBOD Founder & General Manager, Henrik Lund-Nielsen said.
During the occasion, Lund-Nielsen stated that the 3D concrete printer, which is the world’s largest of its kind, is the first 3D concrete printer to have two X-axes, one for concrete printing and the other for reinforcement, making it a multifunctional construction robot as well as a printer.
COBOD’s technology isn’t just for wind-turbine towers. COBOD’s printers have also printed offices in Denmark and Austria, schools in Africa, two- and three-story houses and apartment buildings in Germany, as well as concrete structures for the oil and gas industry, which were created in collaboration with EPC’s (Engineering, Procurement Contracting companies).
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