First 3D house to be built in India soon!

First 3D house to be built in India soon!

According to a team from IIT Madras that has successfully printed a miniature single storey structure, India could build its first 3D printed house within a year. Along with a start-up by the alumni of the Tamil Nadu-based institute, Researchers from the premier institute have established a 3D printing laboratory to take the indigenously-developed technology to the mass market. The start-up called Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions aspires to completely automate construction, including placement of reinforcements and finishing, by re-envisioning the construction process. At IIT Madras, the prototype structure that has been printed will serve as a base foundational model for accelerating research and development in Tvasta's aim to make affordable sanitation and housing a reality in the country. For disseminating knowledge and establishing policies to bring this technology to field the institute is collaborating with several government agencies and industry-experts. The main focus of Tvasta is towards the 'Housing for All' scheme under PMA Yojana and construction of toilets for the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. To make 3D Printing technology suitable and viable for the Indian construction industry it is working with multiple stakeholders in the construction Industry. The material that is being used is a specially designed concrete. They will also be working on natural materials, such as stabilized soil, or alternative cementing materials, such as geopolymers, in the future. However, for now, the team plans to have the capability to print the elements of a complete house of about 320 square feet in about 3 days and complete the entire assembling, including finishing, within a week.

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