KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 30): Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB) is planning to utilise 3D printing technology in its construction projects as part of the company’s expansion plan.
Group managing director and chief executive officer Rosland Othman said having the 3D construction printer at the company’s disposal will allow the company to reduce the construction period for projects and complete projects in a shorter period.
“SCIB is actively collaborating with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) to promote this technology to the Public Works Department and many other relevant authorities as we believe it will improve the construction industry’s efficiency and productivity,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 30).
The 3D construction printer arrived in Malaysia in September 2021 and SCIB is working together with the CIDB to carry out research and development in the area of establishing standards and regulations for 3D printing for buildings or structures in the country.
Earlier in 2021, SCIB purchased the 3D construction printer together with the design software from COBOD International, a manufacturing company based in Denmark responsible for constructing one of the first 3D-printed buildings in Europe.
“Currently, our engineering team is carrying out the installation and commissioning of the 3D construction printer with assistance through visual communications with the COBOD side.
“After successfully commissioning the 3D construction printer, we will be able to demonstrate the latest technology by building a mock-up 3D-printed house at CIDB Sarawak’s headquarters site, with the demonstration to take place sometime in November 2021,” he added.
SCIB held a site visit on Saturday at its factory located in Kuching, Sarawak to showcase its 3D construction printer.
The site visit was attended by CIDB Malaysia deputy chief executive Datuk Elias Ismail and representatives of CIDB Malaysia and its subsidiary Akademi Binaan Malaysia Wilayah Sarawak.