India has got its first 3D-printed post office in Bengaluru’s Cambridge Layout, constructed by Larsen & Toubro Limited with technical know-how from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
Hailing the achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on X, “Every Indian would be proud to see India’s first 3D printed Post Office at Cambridge Layout, Bengaluru. A testament to our nation’s innovation and progress, it also embodies the spirit of a self-reliant India. Compliments to those who have worked hard in ensuring the Post Office’s completion.”
Construction on the 1,000-square feet building began in April and was completed in 45 days, as compared to about six to eight months taken by the conventional method, media reports said.
3D printing is a technology used by printers to construct a three-dimensional object by printing layer upon layer. L&T Construction, a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, had in 2020 built a multistory building using 3D printing technology at its Kanchipuram plant, the Indian Printer and Publisher had earlier reported.
The technology has caught on elsewhere in the world as well. In Germany, PERI 3D Construction is set to create Europe’s first-ever 3D-printed football club facility and public building. This initiative, located in Nordkirchen, Germany, shows the shift towards 3D construction printing in various sectors beyond residential construction.
In Kenya, 14Trees, which a joint venture company between cement and concrete giant Holcim and British International Investment – dedicated to accelerating the provision of affordable housing in Africa – built 10 3D printed houses in 10 weeks.