GE Renewable Energy Announces Minority Investment in COBOD International

Matteo Belucci (left) and Henrik Lund-Nielsen have their companies working together on 3D printing research for the construction industry. (Photo courtesy of COBOD)

GE Renewable Energy has made a minority investment in COBOD International, a company aiming to disrupt the global construction industry through the use of multifunctional construction robots and 3D printing systems.

COBOD 3D printed the first European building in 2017, followed by the first two- and three-storey buildings in Belgium and Germany using its technology.

“This agreement, which will further strengthen our ability to use 3D printing technology and COBOD’s skills in the field of renewable energies, is another sign of our commitment to contribute to the energy transition by investing in technology that promotes a more sustainable circular design strategy and helps create local jobs,” said Matteo Bellucci, GE Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Manager. to improve its technical skills and innovative solutions, thus reinforcing the advantages of the consolidation of the relations between our companies.”

“I am extremely proud that such an iconic and world-class company like GE wants to partner with COBOD and help us deliver the automated building solutions of the future,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and CEO of COBOD. . “Since 2019, when we started cooperating with GE, we have already significantly honed our R&D, engineering and industrial skills as a direct result of the cooperation, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from the vast resources of GE.

The two companies participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to inaugurate a new research and development facility in Bergen, New York, which will conduct research into how to 3D print the concrete base of towers used in wind turbines. The research will allow GE Renewable Energy to develop new production methods to make wind towers more efficient and sustainable.

At the event, Lund-Nielsen noted that the 3D concrete printer – the largest of its kind in the world – is the first 3D concrete printer in the world to have two X axes – one for printing the concrete and the other to do the reinforcement, making it as much a multifunctional construction robot as a printer.

COBOD is currently experiencing double-digit growth and has sold over 50 construction 3D printers worldwide. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

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