In a big development that will boost India’s realty market, the civil engineering department of Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) along with Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions claims to have developed India’s first 3D Printing Construction Technology.
This technology uses 3D printing as a core method to fabricate buildings or construction components. It can also be used to print partially hollow structures or structures of shapes that can result in a considerable material saving and can enable development of natural materials or geopolymers which can make the construction process very sustainable and green.
Giving more detail about the technology, Adithya VS, co-founder of Tvasta solutions said, “Our team has come up with the idea as we want to completely automate construction, including placement of reinforcements and finishing, by re-envisioning the construction process.”
He further said that the company will be building India’s first 3D printed house within the next one year.
“We also aim to develop a platform and a specific process to a miniature single storey house of 320 sq ft within three days,” Adithya added.
Elaborating on the 3D Printing Construction Technology, Prof. Koshy Varghese, department of civil engineering, IIT-Madras said that our team is exploring automated construction methods and novel formwork systems for rapid housing construction.
“The use of a combination of binders and optimally proportioned and sized aggregates, along with suitable chemical additives, the concrete mixture is fine-tuned to achieve the rheological characteristics that make it possible for extrusion of the material and shape retention after placement,” added Prof Manu Santhanam, department of civil engineering, IIT-M.