L&T Construction is using 3D printing technology to build a post office building in Bengaluru.
It will build a 1,000 square foot structure for the Halasuru Post Office using concrete 3D printing technology within 45 days. An emerging technology, 3D concrete printing has the potential to transform construction operations by speeding up construction and improving overall construction quality.
MV Satish, Full-time Director and Senior Executive Vice President of L&T Construction (Buildings) explains: “Typically, such projects take 6–8 months to complete, while the work using 3D printing technology greatly reduces that time.
According to the company, the project scope involves structure, MEP and finishing. Although the technology has been approved by the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), the structural design of the post office has been validated by IIT Madras.
The company has also begun using the technology for commercial purposes elsewhere. “Some of our ongoing projects include the HAD Transit Residential Area (Himank Air Dispatch) in Chandigarh for the Border Roads Foundation, Indian Army, the Villa Project in Bengaluru, Karnataka and buildings. home for one client is a factory,” he noted.
The post office will be Karnataka’s first public building built using 3D technology.
The project is progressing at a fast pace and once completed the building will be a minor highlight for Bengaluru.
The use of 3D printing is available for a variety of segments, such as affordable housing up to G+3 floors, military barracks, single-story schools, warehouses, houses and villas, and hopefully this technology will develop in the coming years. In addition to 3D technology, the company also uses prefabricated building blocks (PPVC) to develop hotel projects
“We are actively looking to expand our portfolio of 3D printed structures in different sectors and are well positioned to take advantage of the benefits of this innovative technology,” he added.