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India’s First 3D-Printed Post Office Inaugurated in Bangalore, Showcases India’s Technological Spirit

Bangalore, August 17, 2023 – A milestone event took place in Cambridge Layout near Ulsoor Bazaar as the inauguration of a cutting-edge 1,021-square-foot post office unfolded. With esteemed postal officials in attendance, the remarkable construction of this facility was executed by Larsen & Toubro Limited, while the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, lent its technical expertise.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw, under whom the portfolios of railways, communications, electronics, and IT, has admiration for the city’s role as a constant representation at the front of India’s evolving essence.

He showcased and inaugurated virtually the newly unveiled 3D-printed post office as a manifestation of India’s innovative spirit and its commitment to technological growth, showcasing the ability to achieve the once deemed impossible.

The swift construction process, spanning a mere 45 days, stands in stark contrast to the conventional six to eight months required for comparable projects. This technology not only saves time but also cuts costs whereas for this project it was 40% less than the regular cost of construction.

A 3D-concrete printing technology gives a promising alternative to traditional construction methods, especially for stores and commercial offices on small land or areas that can be utilised for day-to-day work. Rendering a 3D model over land has its own benefits which can also help in transporting due to its flexibility and less weight helping at the time of disaster management and relief.

Commending the initiative, Mr Vaishnaw lauded the on-site 3D-printed concrete building as a technology showcase. He showcased his gratitude to IIT-Madras for their commendable contributions to this project and expressed his positive mindset about the technology’s future mainstream integration, paving the way for similar groundbreaking endeavours.

The Union Minister highlighted the nation’s achievements in the telecom sector and its to date technical journey in the field of Technology. He also praised the last years remarkable advancements, such as developing indigenous 4G and 5G technologies and manufacturing complex telecom equipment not only from scratch but also with indigenous parts, which were previously unthinkable feats.

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, also shared his thoughts on this monumental achievement on X (formerly known as Twitter). He designated the 3D-printed post office as a testament to India’s innovation and progress, encapsulating the essence of a self-reliant nation (Aatmanribhar Bharat). Mr. Modi extended his compliments to those who worked hard relentlessly to ensure the completion of the post office.

Through this advanced technology in the domain of construction, Bangalore asserts its position as a hub of innovation, showcasing a path toward a technologically advanced and self-sufficient India. The 3D-printed post office at Cambridge Layout stands as a symbol of the nation’s prowess in innovation and progress, capturing the essence of a decisive and self-reliant India.

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