Alumni of IIT Madras build the first Indian 3D printing house. Startup “Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions” took the initiative and build a house with the new concept of 3D Printing in just five days. The Startup team printed the structure using specialty concrete that can print large 3D structures in a short span of time.
Founder & CEO is Adithya (IIT Madras Alumnus). This was founded by three alumni of IIT Madras in 2016. The mission of the startup is to make the process available to all sections of the construction industry including affordable housing and large-scale infrastructure building.
Sample House of 600 Square feet was made and inaugurated by Union Finance Minister, “Nirmala Sitharaman” last month (At the end of April 2021). It was done through video conferencing.
Nirmala Ji said “Conventional housing requires timing, material, logistics, transporting of material, and so on. But if this technology can produce houses in different locales in five days, it would not be a big challenge to build 100 million houses by 2022,”
“Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions” is a part of ASHA Incubator of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at IIT Madras.
Company says, “We have the ability to overcome the pitfalls of conventional construction through 3D printing,” adding, “This advancement will open doors for all kinds of research and development in the construction world.”
House was built in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. It has been constructed using indigenous concrete 3D printing technology that can help build a house in 5 days. Normally this type of space needs 4-5 Months to build but due to this technology, it is possible in 5 Days (Which is Great).
Single-Storey house consists of a one bedroom, hall and a kitchen.
Benefits of 3D Printing House
- Reduces overall construction cost significantly
- Increases productivity of labor involved
- Offers raw material flexibility/utilization of eco-friendly materials.
In their blog post, startups said that they developed their own material known as concrete mix consisting of cement, sand, geopolymers, and fibers. It prepared the final material mix by mixing the raw materials in a large hopper. “While 3D printing, the structure was specifically designed that have the provisions for wiring and plumbing without damaging the wall,”
This amazing concept would definitely reduce the need to transport concrete long distances, it reduces time, energy and money.