DELTASYS E FORMING, the Belgaum-based 3D printer developer, revealed that it has successfully delivered and installed a concrete 3D printer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. The 3D printer will be used for research purposes at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST). The recent string of concrete 3D printers bought by educational institutes indicates a push towards research in the field as well signifies a positive attitude towards concrete 3D printing in India.
Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) was established in 1974 as ASTRA (Application of Science and Technology for Rural Areas). It is an inter-disciplinary research and technology development centre of IISc aimed towards promoting sustainable technologies tailored to suit local conditions of resource availability and habitation.
Sustainable Material Research on Concrete 3D Printing in India
The new concrete 3D printer will be studied under the guidance of assistant professor Dr. Souradeep Gupta who will be working on various sustainable material for concrete 3D printing.
Dr. Souradeep Gupta’s research works sit at the intersection of sustainable building materials, smart composites and waste management. At the Indian Institute of Science, he is leading Material Engineering Research Innovation and Applications Lab (MatERIAL), focusing on low-carbon building materials and additive manufacturing.
Dr. Gupta has also initiated setting up of an additive manufacturing group at the Indian Institute of Science, aimed at developing multi-functional materials for infrastructure and environmental remediation.
DELTASYS E FORMING Concrete 3D printer
The concrete 3D printer delivered to IISc has a build volume of 1.5 cubic meters and is capable of creating strong concrete structures. The printer also has a 4th axis tangential control to ensure a smooth surface finish. IISc will be conducting multiple research studies on the printer but more importantly on the sustainable materials for printing. This ties up with the mission of the centre for providing sustainable solutions to host of global concerns, primarily dealing with energy, buildings and environment.
The DELTASYS concrete 3D printer is able to process any third party material and can process up to 8mm aggregate concrete including all kinds of plasters, cement paste, mud, etc.
Earlier this year, DELTASYS E FORMING had delivered a similar concrete 3D printer to IIT Bombay where it will be used for material research purposes and to IIT Guwahati where the printer was used to print furniture using construction waste.
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