‘World first’ 3D printed post office opens in India

The 3D printed post office took just 43 days to complete

A first of its kind in the world 3D printed post office has opened in Bengaluru, southwest India.

The unique post office took just 43 days to complete, according to L&T Construction, the Indian construction giant behind the project. Using conventional construction methods, the post office would have taken around eight months, according to L&T.

But reduced construction time isn’t the only benefit of the project. L&T says the estimated cost of the build was INR2.6 million (US$31,200), representing a c. 40% saving vs. conventional construction.

With a floor area of 1,021 square feet (94.9 m²), the post office was created using COBOD’s BOD2 3D construction printer, an achievement that firmly underlines the immense potential of 3D printing technology in revolutionising the construction landscape.

Simon Klint Bergh, COBOD’s Co-Founder and Head of APAC, commented on the achievement of L&T: “Utilising the full form-freedom of 3D Construction Printing with this masterpiece project, Larsen & Toubro is perfectly showing how the technology is well implemented. We’re honoured to collaborate with innovators who not only envision the future but actively shape it. I cannot wait to see more great projects coming from Larsen & Toubro in the near future!’

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, took to social media to praise the achievement, stating: “Every Indian would be proud to see India’s first 3D printed Post Office at Cambridge Layout, Bengaluru. A testament to our nation’s innovation and progress, it also embodies the spirit of a self-reliant India. Compliments to those who have worked hard in ensuring the Post Office’s completion.”

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