First 3D Printed House in Central Asia Can Withstand Magnitude 7.0 Earthquakes

Published on June 11, 2024 by Isaac B.

As 3D printing technology is revolutionizing traditional building methods worldwide, the unveiling of Central Asia’s first 3D printed house in Almaty marks a significant stride forward. This project, a collaboration between BM Partners and COBOD International, represents a significant development in the region’s construction industry.

Situated in Kazakhstan’s largest city, a region prone to intense seismic activity, the 100-square-meter dwelling showcases the fusion of cutting-edge 3D printing technology with stringent seismic regulations. BM Partners, at the forefront of 3D construction printing in Kazakhstan, has spearheaded this project, driving advancements within Kazakhstan’s construction industry and shaping the country’s architectural landscape.

Within a span of just two months, the entire building, from the initial setup of the printer to the meticulous interior detailing, was accomplished. Notably, the house’s walls were printed in a mere five days, demonstrating the efficiency of 3D printing.

A key aspect of the house is its resilience against seismic activity. To construct the home, BM Partners utilized a specially formulated reinforced concrete mix with a compression strength of 60MPa, exceeding the capabilities of traditional building materials in the region, which often do not exceed 10MPa. This ultra-high-strength concrete, combined with the innovative D.fab admixture developed in collaboration with COBOD International and Cemex, forms the backbone of the house’s foundation. Moreover, in adherence to local building codes, a seismic beam belt was installed within just two days to add further support to the house.

The house also has significant benefits beyond structural integrity. Recognizing the extreme climate fluctuations in Kazakhstan, engineers have incorporated expanded polystyrene concrete insulation to enhance thermal efficiency and acoustic performance.

Marat Oshakhtiev, CEO of BM Partners, emphasized the role of modern technologies in addressing Kazakhstan’s housing needs, stating, “Embracing modern technologies is essential in today’s world. Our company is committed to staying at the forefront of technological advancements with 3D construction printing within our country. With this project, our company has confidently stepped into the future, addressing Kazakhstan’s urgent need for earthquake-resistant, modernized, efficient, and resilient housing solutions.”

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, founder and general manager of COBOD International, echoed Oshakhtiev’s sentiments, highlighting the resilience of 3D printed buildings even in earthquake-prone regions. “This project once again demonstrates that 3D printed buildings are built to last, also when made in earthquake high-risk areas. We are proud to have developed the solution that enabled BM Partners to complete this project fully within just two months and using extra strong 3D printable concrete made from locally sourced materials.” To learn more about this project, click here.

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*All Photo Credits: COBOD

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