Simpliforge Creations, a startup specialising in 3D concrete printing solutions, and IIT Hyderabad, one of India’s premier technology institutes, have collaborated to create the country’s first prototype 3D printed bridge. Prof. K.V.L. Subramaniam and his research group at IIT Hyderabad’s Department of Civil Engineering developed and evaluated the concept and design.
Simpliforge 3D printed the bridge, which is currently undergoing load testing and functional evaluation.
India’s First Prototype 3D Printed Bridge
The bridge was designed at IIT Hyderabad using form optimisation to reduce the use of concrete and reinforcement. The bridge concept was created using the ‘Material Follows Force’ principle. Simpliforge Creations created a custom extrusion and software system for the project in order to fully demonstrate the benefits of their 3D printing system. The bridge was printed off-site in less than 2 hours at Simpliforge Printing facility and assembled on site at Charvitha Meadows, Siddipet, using the Industrial robotic arm 3D printer.
“3D concrete printing is an emerging technology has the potential for transforming the construction industry with the promise of rapid, efficient, and free-form construction. Technology application in this space requires advancements in design methodologies, material processing, and delivery systems.”– Prof K.V.L. Subramaniam, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Hyderabad
According to Mr. Hari Krishna Jeedipalli, Managing Director, Simpliforge Creations. “We are proud to have been a part of this ground-breaking project. This bridge is a testament to the capabilities of 3D construction printing technology and its potential applications in infrastructural requirements, defense, and disaster scenarios owing to its speed and ease. We hope that this project will inspire others to explore the possibilities of 3D concrete printing in infrastructure and other industries.”
Because the bridge is intended for pedestrian use, it is being tested accordingly. Manufactur3D will continue to follow up on the story and provide updates on the test results.
About Simpliforge Creations: Simpliforge is a full-service additive manufacturing solutions provider with expertise in technology development, system integration, and service solutions. Simpliforge offers full prototyping and manufacturing solutions for products ranging from FMCG to niche domains.
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