Want to construct a home that too in a couple of days? Yes, it’s happening in Kerala as Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra (KESNIK) has successfully tested a 3D printing technology to revolutionise the construction industry. The KESNIK has constructed a one-room summer house “AMAZE-28” using the 3D printing technology at a cost of Rs 11 lakh.
According to KESNIK officials, the 3D printing offers several advantages over traditional construction methods, including faster construction times, reduced labor costs, minimised material wastage, and greater design flexibility. “AMAZE-28 is a significant step towards making housing more affordable and accessible to all, and it also demonstrates Kerala’s commitment to adopting innovative and sustainable building construction technologies,” said an official statement.
“The technology is unfamiliar to many but it’s the future. People have started to think differently and now do not prefer to spend their money building palatial bungalows. The 3D printing will revolutionise the construction sector,” said a senior architect in Kerala.
AMAZE-28 was constructed by KESNIK in collaboration with Tvasta, a Chennai-based construction tech start-up launched by IIT-Madras alumni. Unlike traditional construction methods, 3D printing allows for the creation of intricate, customised designs with remarkable precision. Large-scale 3D printers can construct walls, floors, and even entire homes using various materials such as concrete or polymer composites. This not only reduces construction time but also minimises material waste, making it an environmentally friendly option. The speed and efficiency of 3D printing in home construction also hold promise for addressing housing shortages and disaster relief efforts. With ongoing advancements, 3D printing is poised to reshape the future of housing.