The humanitarian foundation Team4UA is spearheading a ground-breaking initiative to rebuild Ukraine. COBOD, the Danish 3DCP Group, is carrying out this remarkable project, and the first project is of building a 3D printed school in Ukraine. The company is using its BOD2 construction 3D printer to address the country’s urgent need for educational infrastructure.
Ukraine has faced severe challenges as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion, which has resulted in the destruction or damage of over 2,000 schools, with 277 schools completely demolished, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science. In light of this crisis, the primary goal of this project is to respond quickly to the country’s critical shortage of educational infrastructure.
3D Printed School in Ukraine
The project’s initiators hope to accelerate the construction of educational facilities and lay the groundwork for the reconstruction of housing and vital infrastructure throughout Ukraine by incorporating 3D printing technology into the construction process.
The 3D printed school is being built on the grounds of the existing primary school number 23 and will serve as a beacon of hope for internally displaced children who have been affected by the full-fledged war. The 370 m2 one-story school building will provide a nurturing environment for the young students. The architect chose not to print with COBOD’s flaps technology, which allows for the printing of very smooth walls, in order to clearly show that the building was 3D printed. Furthermore, 90% of the construction materials will be produced locally, stimulating the economy and empowering the community. In fact, 99% of the materials for the 3D printed concrete were sourced locally at a low cost.
“The school construction project based on 3D printing technology is designed to provide access to education for children affected by the full-scale war in Ukraine, as well as to create an inclusive space for internally displaced children in Lviv. Destroyed schools and other educational institutions deprive the younger generation of the opportunity to receive a quality education, which can have a negative impact on their future and the future of the state. Innovative solutions will help to overcome this problem right now, more efficiently and much faster – just see how much have been done here in just 3-4 days of printing. Virtually half of the printing is already complete.”– Jean-Christophe Bonis, founder and chairman of the Team4UA humanitarian foundation
This pioneering project to build Europe’s first 3D printed school in Ukraine embodies the Ukrainian people’s resilience and determination to rebuild their country and ensure a better future for the next generation. It marks a watershed moment in reconstruction efforts and provides a blueprint for leveraging cutting-edge technology to address pressing societal challenges.
Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD said, “We are proud to have delivered the technology that makes this project possible. The proud people of Ukraine deserve all the support we can provide, and I am happy we have been able to donate all what we have been doing in this project for free. Out of the respect for the impressive fighting will Ukraine has shown on behalf of all of the rest of Europe and the rest of the democratic world, this is the least we could do”.
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