The world’s first 3D printed medical centre has been officially completed in Saraburi, Thailand.
The delivery of the two-story centre was overseen by Siam Cement Group (SCG), with the building itself constructed by a COBOD BOD2 3D concrete printer.
The project boasts a total floor area of 345 m2 over two floors and is also the largest 3D printed building in the ASEAN countries.
The developers says the 3D printed centre was delivered quicker than its traditionally constructed counterparts, and with fewer workers on site.
The building was specifically designed to support seismic loads.
Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD co-founder and head of APAC, said: “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.”
Commenting on SCG’s use of the printer and the plans for the future, Chalermwut Snguanyat, 3D printing and fabric concrete technology director at SCG, said: “Besides demonstrating SCG 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-storey 3D printed load-bearing structure and a two-storey 3D printed non-load-bearing structure.”
The design of the 3D printed medical center was approved by a senior professional engineer.
The materials used for the 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.
Snguanyat added: “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.”
Image: The world’s first 3D printed medical centre in Thailand. Credit: COBOD/SCG
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