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Kerala Unveils “Amaze-28”: The State’s Pioneering 3D-Printed Building

A Remarkable Feat of Construction Completed in Record Time

In a groundbreaking stride in construction technology, Kerala has introduced its first-ever building constructed using 3D printing technology, aptly named “Amaze-28.” The inauguration, led by Revenue Minister K Rajan, took place at the Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra (Kesnik) campus in PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.

As a demonstration project, “Amaze-28” stands as a model of efficiency, having been completed in an astonishing 28 days. The endeavor was spearheaded by the Kerala State Nirmiti Kerndra, in collaboration with Tvasta, a Chennai-based construction tech startup founded by alumni of IIT-Madras.

Director of Kerala State Nirmiti Kendram, Debi Varghese, elucidated the process behind 3D printing. “In 3D printing, there are three main steps: data processing, material processing, and robotic printing. It involves converting an object or structure into a 3D model,” Varghese explained.

The project derived its name from the incredible speed at which it was constructed. “Amaze-28” achieved its remarkable feat within a mere 28 days, with the actual printing process taking just 28 hours. The remaining time was allocated for conventional tasks such as window installation and roofing.

Varghese emphasized the technology’s adaptability and precision. “Whatever you can achieve through conventional methods, 3D printing can accomplish. The public is invited to witness and utilize this technology, drawing interest from government officials, students, and industry professionals,” Varghese noted.

The advantages of 3D printing in construction are multifaceted. Notably, it significantly expedites the building process, enabling the completion of a 380 square feet structure in just 28 days—approximately three to four times faster than conventional methods. Moreover, it offers unparalleled design flexibility, allowing for the realization of intricate architectural plans.

Additionally, 3D printing minimizes waste generation, as Varghese pointed out, “If you employ computerized methods, there is virtually no waste at the end of the day.”

The “Amaze-28” building is anticipated to serve as a conference hall, with plans to commercialize this revolutionary technology, having already garnered interest from both private and government sectors. Discussions with entities such as KIIFB and ISRO are in advanced stages, demonstrating the broad-reaching potential of this innovative construction method.

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