Military Engineering Services (MES) of the Indian Army built two concrete 3D printed houses for jawans using 3D construction Technology. This is the first-of-its-kind Green 3D printed house for India located in South-Western Air Command in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. MES collaborated with Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions, a Chennai-based start for its consecution. Spread over a built-up area of around 700 square feet, the project is finished in three weeks. The printed in-house is sturdy and resilient enough that it can stand various shocks and natural disasters. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR)'s complete report below:
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Designed to fulfill the growing accommodation requirements of the Indian army, the two houses are 3D printed within 30 days. Chennai -based construction start-up - Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions- has teamed up with Military Engineering Services to build the structure. Over the years, the start-up has garnered a reputation for building such strong structures that are earthquake resistant. To know in detail about what is 3D printing and how does it work, visit this page.
Indigenisation of Defense Technologies
The Indian armed forces stated that these 3D-printed houses represent the potential of construction 3D printing technologies in future defense applications. As per the official release by the Indian Army:
"These structures also stand testament for the solidarity of the Indian Armed Forces in fostering home-grown technologies that are focused on indigenisation of Defense technologies, as a part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.”
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3D Printing- An Effective Solution
The MES’ Engineer-in-Chief Lieutenant General Harpal Singh, who had extensive experience in building army structures, had visited frequently a number of stations. He noted that the long gestation period for securing housing for soldiers required immediate attention. He felt that using current consecution technologies is the need of the hour and found 3D concrete printing as an effective solution that could be adapted within available spaces to easily and quickly fulfill the minimal urgent needs of such housing.
Apart from this, the MES has also recently finished India’s first 3D Printed sanitary blocks in Jaisalmer that spans an area of about 600 square feet. Back in 2017, the CERL- Construction Engineering Research Laboratory of the US Army built the first 3D printed barracks hut whihc is less than half the cost of shipping building materials and manpower requirements
Back in 2017, the US Army’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) revealed the successful construction of its first 3D printed barracks hut which halved the cost of shipping building materials and manpower requirements.
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