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BM Partners builds first 3D-printed house in Kazakhstan

Kazakh 3D printing specialist BM Partners has completed the first 3D printed house in Central Asia. The building is located in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

In addition to its size, the city is also known for its location in a highly earthquake-prone zone. The building was designed to withstand a magnitude 7 earthquake, reflecting strict adherence to engineering principles and building codes to ensure safety and structural integrity during significant seismic events.

The building covers an area of 100 square meters and integrates special construction techniques for earthquake resistance. Despite these requirements, the entire project was completed in less than two months, from initial printer set-up to final interior fit-out and furnishing. Remarkably, the walls were printed in just five days, while a further two days were needed to install a seismic ring beam in accordance with local building regulations. This reinforced concrete structure, which surrounds the entire building, is crucial for improving structural integrity in earthquake-prone areas.

Marat Oshakhtiev, CEO of BM Partners, shared the vision driving the project: “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.“

To improve the structural integrity of the building, BM Partners used a special, high-strength concrete mix with a compressive strength of almost 60 MPa, which far exceeds the usual 7-10 MPa of conventional bricks and stones in Kazakhstan. This mix, consisting of locally sourced cement, sand and gravel, reinforced with the D.fab additive, a joint development of COBOD International and Cemex, enables customized concrete formulations tailored to regional needs. Given Kazakhstan’s extreme climatic conditions, which range from minus 57 to plus 49 degrees Celsius, the building contains expanded polystyrene concrete as insulation for the walls, which improves both the thermal and acoustic properties of the walls.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and General Manager of COBOD International, stated: “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.”

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