Indian Army builds G+1 3D Printed House for Troops

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Indian Army’s G+1 3D printed house for troops
Indian Army’s G+1 3D printed house for troops/Source: Tribune India

The Military Engineering Services (MES) recently announced the construction of the first G+1 3D printed house for soldiers in Ahmedabad. Military Engineering Services collaborated with a private company, MiCoB Private Limited, on this project using the most advanced 3D construction technology.

Push for 3D Printed House and Structures

The Military Engineering Services have pursued the utilisation and application of 3D Construction printing for quite some time. They have developed a variety of projects for the Indian Army that not only demonstrate the capabilities of the technology, but also serve as excellent proofs of concept.

Popular projects include the 3D printed runway controller Hut, 3D printed houses, 3D printed sentry post, and 3D printed bunkers.

Constructions such as 3D printed runway controller Hut, 3D printed houses, 3D printed sentry post, 3D printed bunkers, and others are some of the popular MES projects.

Using 3D-printed foundation, walls, and slabs, the construction of a 71-square-metre (about 710-square-foot) dwelling unit with garage space was completed in just 12 weeks as part of the recent G+1 project. The disaster-resistant structures conform to green building standards and Zone-3 earthquake specifications.

The 3D-printed homes are emblematic of the modern efforts to meet the expanding housing needs of the military.

The technique employs a concrete 3D printer that accepts a computer-generated three-dimensional design and fabricates a three-dimensional structure by extruding a specialised type of concrete designed for the purpose.

Already, Indian Army units have begun utilising 3D printing technology for the construction of permanent precast defences and overhead protection for operations. These structures are currently being validated over a one-year period and are being implemented in all terrains, with the most recent instance occurring in Ladakh.

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