Reimagining Infrastructure: India's Pioneer 3D-Printed Post Office in Bangalore
India’s First 3D-Printed Postal Service Hub
India’s first 3D-printed post office is set to be established in Bangalore, Karnataka. The three-story building will be located in Cambridge Layout, Halasuru. Larsen & Toubro, the sole company engaged in 3D printing-enabled construction in India, has been granted clearance by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to undertake the project. The construction designs have already been submitted to the post office, and the 3D printing process will enable the completion of the post office within one month. The project is being carried out in collaboration with IIT Madras.
Experts in the industry suggest that utilizing the 3D printing construction model significantly reduces project costs to approximately one-fourth of the original cost compared to traditional construction methods. Additionally, the use of 3D printing technology has a substantial impact on reducing construction time.
As per S Rajendra Kumar, Chief Postmaster General of Karnataka Circle, the utilization of 3D printing technology can significantly reduce the cost of constructing a building of approximately 1,000 sq ft to less than Rs 25 lakh. This amount accounts for only about 25% of the normal construction cost. Kumar further emphasized that adopting 3D printing technology could present the postal department with a viable solution to provide post office buildings in areas where there is a pressing need for them.