Kolkata’s first 3D printed Office has been set up at Garden Rich Shipbuilders

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India’s first 3D Printing Construction startup, Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions has built Kolkata’s first 3D printed office at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited.

This is the first in a series of potential large-scale construction projects using 3D printing for GRSE. It demonstrates the capability of advanced construction technology

Kolkata's first 3D printed office
Kolkata’s first 3D-printed office

Kolkata’s first 3D Printed office Site at a glance

• The structure was constructed by Deep Tech Startup Tvasta.

• The 3D Printed Modular Site Office was designed and completed in just 10 days.

• It is installed at the Nationalized shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders, Kolkata.

• The 3D structure was unveiled on 31 December 2022.

• It is inaugurated by Shri Giridhar Aramane (IAS, Defence Secretary, Government of India).

• It has a size of 180 square feet and has a customized design, providing a comfortable working space for 6 to 8 people.

• An Off-site Construction Methodology was followed to build this project.

♦ What is Off-site Construction Methodology?

• Off-site construction Methodology is a construction method that involves planning, designing, fabricating, transporting fabricated building items and assembling them on site with great speed and high degree of finish.

• All the parts of the 3D printing structure were completed in 2.5 days at Tvasta’s factory in Chennai.

Purpose of this project

• The 3D printed site office has been built as a technology demonstrator.

• This 3D site office is used by GRSE for monitoring Anti-submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs).

• V.S Adithya Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, of Tvasta Manufacturing, said, “This project depicts the necessity and capability of advanced construction technology in the infrastructure development of the country across various sectors.”

About Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE)

• Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited is a Mini Ratna Category 1 Company.

• The shipyard was founded in 1884 as a small privately-owned company on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River.

• In 1916, it was renamed Garden Rich Workshop and in 1960 the Government of India nationalized it.

• GRSE has so far deployed 108 warships to India and other countries.

• Building state-of-the-art warships through indigenization is an integral part of Indian defense preparedness for the country toward self-reliance.

What is a 3D Printig Model?

• 3D printing models designed and built using construction technologies that use the 3D printing method in which the material is added layer by layer to build a structure.

• It is a modern technology adapted to automate the construction process to a great extent.

• This technology is often called Industry 4.0 era technologies and can be termed as ‘digitized construction.’

• 3D printed homes are faster to build and superior in many ways to traditionally built structures.

About 3D Printing Startup Tvasta

• Tvasta, a Chennai and Bengaluru-based startup, was founded in 2016 by an IIT Madras alumni.

• They have developed a ‘Made in India’ technology focusing on leveraging automation and robotics in 3D printing platforms for faster, economical, and sustainable construction methods than conventional technologies.

• Tvasta is currently focusing on modular construction like this structure at GRSE which will be an effective solution for rapid infrastructure and ‘assembled building’.

• The objective of creating such 3D printed projects is to make optimal use of sustainable materials to ensure strength and durability, resulting in less waste and a lower carbon footprint.

India’s First 3D Printed House

India’s First 3D Printed House was constructed by Tvasta on the IIT Madras Campus.

• It demonstrates its capabilities and feasibility of implementing a physical framework.

• This pilot project with indigenously developed technology also marks the start-up’s efforts to highlight a potential alternative solution that can address India’s housing and infrastructure challenges.

India’s First 3D Printed Monument

• Tvasta successfully constructed India’s first 3D printed monument, “Ananta Siras” last year at The India Cements Ltd.’s 75th anniversary in Chennai.

India’s 1st 3D Printed Post Office

India’s first 3D-printed post office has been built in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

• It cost about one-fourth the cost of a traditional building to construct

• The new post office building in Cambridge Layout in Halasuru, Bengaluru was built using 3D printing technologies.

• It was built by Larsen & Toubro, another Indian company using 3D printing technology for construction.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Which company has constructed India’s first 3d printed house?

Answer: India’s first 3D Printing Construction startup, Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions

Q2. At which place was India’s first 3d printed house inaugurated?

Answer: IIT Madras Campus

Q3. Where is the world’s first 3D-printed building?

Answer: Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu province in eastern China.

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