IIT Madras observes inauguration of the first 3D printed house


IIT-Madras start-up Tvasta inaugurated its first 3D printed house on the campus recently. With a built area of 600 square feet, the house has a bedroom, a hall, and a kitchen. The company designed the house using software and printed it by using 3D printing technology.

This technology can help in building a house in five days, while it will take four or five months to complete it using conventional methods. It also reduces the cost of the house by around 30%, while exceeding the life of the building to 50 years.

Concrete 3D printing helps in seamless construction of three-dimensional real-life structures. Under this technique, concrete 3D printers accept computerized three-dimensional design file from the user. These printers then fabricate a 3D structure in a layer-by-layer manner by using a special type of concrete specifically designed for the purpose.

IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said that the machine for constructing the house can be rented, just like bore wells rented by farmers. He added that this machine provides large-scale, high-quality production and price assurance for the customers.

Adithya VS, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Tvasta said that with this technology, individuals can deeply personalize the construction. Aditya further stated that with this technology, Indians can avail affordable and good-quality housing.

It will not only be proving housing solutions, but will also solve problems related to sanitation, disaster-time rehabilitation, and projects to construct military bunkers, among others.

Tvasta collaborated with Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter to develop this house.

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