Bangalore-based Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions (Tvasta), an emerging 3D Printing startup founded by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-Madras) alumni, has developed India’s first 3D Printing Construction Technology and have successfully built India’s first 3D Printed Structure.
Tvasta, along with Civil Engineering Department, IIT Madras has constructed India’s first 3D room module in IIT Madras campus and this prototype structure will serve as a base foundational model for accelerating R&D and testing in the startup’s ambitious plan of making affordable sanitation and affordable housing a reality in India.
Additionally, the startup and IIT Madras’ Civil Engineering Department have together established a one-of-a-kind 3D printing laboratory – the IIT Madras Printability Lab, in order to formulate technological solutions for construction sector and take its indigenously-developed 3D Printing construction technology to the mass market.
Professor Manu Santhanam, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, who has been working with the Tvasta team, said, “3D printing of concrete gives a new dimension to construction. This technology can best meet the complex demands of modern architecture with concrete. The use of a combination of binders and optimally proportioned and sized aggregates, along with suitable chemical additives, the concrete mixture is fine tuned to achieve the rheological characteristics that make it possible for extrusion of the material and shape retention after placement.”
Founded in 2016, by IIT-Madras alumni Adithya VS, Parivarthan Reddy, Santhosh Kumar and Vidyashankar C, Tvasta is aiming to completely automate construction, including placement of reinforcements and finishing, by re-envisioning the construction process.
Talking about their plans, Mr Adithya VS, Co-founder of Tvasta said, “Tvasta will be building India’s first 3D printed house within the next one year. The impact of 3D printing in construction will be primarily focussed towards the ‘Housing for All’ scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Construction of Toilets for the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Tvasta is working withmultiple stakeholders in the Construction Industry to make 3D Printing technology suitable and viable for the Indian construction industry.”
The founding team of Tvasta see a lot of potential in the high-end Industrial 3D Printing market and also see a lot of potential for pushing the boundaries of the possibilities using 3D Printing technology. The startup also have proprietary 3D printers that are entirely designed and manufactured in-house.
Besides application of 3D Printing in construction industry, the startup is also working on 3D Bio-Printers to design, print and control living cell structures such as plant cells and hydrogels. The startup infact is working on designing, developing and manufacturing 3D Printing tech for various domains including manufacturing and aerospace industry.
IIT Madras is collaborating with several government agencies and industry to disseminate knowledge and establish standards, policies and processes to bring these technologies to the field.
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