Progreso has used 3D Printing to construct a seismic-resistant house in Guatemala, according to an article on


A New Era in Construction: Guatemala’s First 3D Printed Building

In a groundbreaking achievement, cement firm Progreso has successfully completed the construction of Guatemala’s very first 3D printed building. This architectural marvel is not only designed to withstand the region’s frequent seismic activities but also represents a fusion of advanced 3D printing techniques and traditional artistic craftsmanship, seen in its charming thatched roof. The cutting-edge BOD2 printer from COBOD, renowned for its contribution to notable projects around the world, was used to bring this innovative design to life.

The 3D printing process for this building took an impressive 26 hours, spread across a week. Once this phase was complete, skilled manual laborers stepped in to install windows, electrical and plumbing systems, and other essential components. To stay true to the region’s cultural aesthetics, a palm thatch, commonly found in the area, was chosen as the roofing material. Wooden slats were added to enhance natural air circulation, ensuring a comfortable interior environment.

What sets this building apart is its unparalleled resilience to seismic events. The walls, which were created using 3D printing technology, have unique contours that are economically challenging to replicate with the dominant construction material in the region, concrete blocks. These walls seamlessly blend with the traditional palm leaf roof, known as the “Rancho” style, which has been a popular choice in Latin America due to its cost-effectiveness, thermal properties, and suitability for earthquake-prone areas.

Spanning an area of 49 square meters, the dwelling boasts a simple yet tasteful layout that showcases the beauty of raw 3D printed concrete. Inside, you will find a main living space, a basic kitchen, a potential office or bedroom, and a bathroom. While this project primarily serves as a research endeavor, there are currently no plans to mass-produce this design.

The completion of Guatemala’s first 3D printed building represents a significant milestone in the evolution of construction techniques. By combining cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship, Progreso and COBOD have showcased the immense potential of 3D printing in creating resilient and aesthetically pleasing structures.

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