Army Inaugurates First 3D Printed Dwelling Unit For Soldiers

3D printing technology uses sophisticated software and a robotic unit to construct a building from a digital model in numerous phases.

The Army has unveiled its first 3D-printed soldier housing unit at Ahmedabad Cantonment, according to the defence ministry on Thursday.

3D printing technology employs complicated software and a robotic unit to assist in the creation of a structure from a digital model in several phases.

“On December 28, the Indian Army launched its first 3D-printed home living unit (with ground-plus-one configuration) for soldiers at Ahmedabad Cantonment,” according to a statement from the ministry.

“The living unit was built by the Military Engineering Services (MES) in partnership with MiCoB Pvt Ltd using the most recent 3D fast building technology,” the statement stated.

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According to authorities, the construction of the 71-square-meter residential unit with garage space was finished in just 12 weeks thanks to the 3D-printed foundation, walls, and slabs.

“The disaster-resilient constructions meet zone-3 seismic parameters as well as green building standards. The 3-D printed residences “are representative of modern-day quick building efforts to meet the expanding lodging needs of military services personnel,” according to the ministry.

“This edifice also bears witness to the Indian Army’s dedication to promoting the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan,'” it stated.

The method employs a concrete 3D printer, which receives a computerised three-dimensional design and fabricates a three-dimensional structure layer by layer by extruding a specialised form of concrete particularly created for the purpose.

The Army’s Ahmedabad-based Golden Katar Division has been important in pushing the initiative, which has several uses even in operations, according to the statement.

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“Indian Army forces have already dovetailed 3D printing technology in the creation of pre-casted permanent barriers and overhead protection suited for operations. These constructions are now being evaluated over a one-year period and can be observed being implemented in various terrains, the most recent being in Ladakh’s UT,” it stated.

According to sources in November, the Indian Army plans to build “permanent defences” along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh using cutting-edge 3D printing technology, saving time and improving defence preparation.

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The method employs a concrete 3D printer, which receives a computerised three-dimensional design and fabricates a three-dimensional structure layer by layer by extruding a specialised form of concrete particularly created for the purpose.

The Indian Army has already begun to use 3D printing technology in the creation of pre-cast permanent defences and overhead covers for operations. These structures are now being evaluated over a one-year period and are being implemented in various terrains, the most recent being in Ladakh.