COBOD's 3D printing technology helps rebuild Ukraine with a 3D printed school
Team4UA and the Danish 3DCP Group are leading a project to rebuild Ukraine using COBOD's BOD2 printer to address the need for educational infrastructure.
- D construction printing is helping Ukraine to rebuild faster.
- The first-ever on site 3D printed building in Ukraine is being made in Lviv.
- The 3D printed primary school in Lviv is also the first 3D printed school in Europe.
- The one-story building with total floor area of 370 m2 half of the printing is already done in just 3-4 days of printing.
Ukraine has faced severe challenges due to the full-scale invasion of Russia, resulting in the destruction or damage of over 2,000 schools, with 277 schools completely demolished, as reported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. In light of this crisis, the primary goal of this project is to swiftly respond to the dire shortage of educational infrastructure in the country.
By introducing 3D printing technology into the construction process, the project initiators aim to expedite the creation of educational facilities and lay the foundation for the reconstruction of housing and vital infrastructure throughout Ukraine.
"The school construction project based on 3D printing technology is designed to provide access to education for children affected by the full-scale war in Ukraine, as well as to create an inclusive space for internally displaced children in Lviv. Destroyed schools and other educational institutions deprive the younger generation of the opportunity to receive a quality education, which can have a negative impact on their future and the future of the state. Innovative solutions will help to overcome this problem right now, more efficiently and much faster just see how much have been done here in just 3-4 days of printing. Virtually half of the printing is already complete," Jean-Christophe Bonis, founder and chairman of the Team4UA humanitarian foundation, shared his perspective on the initiative.
The primary school is being built on the premises of the existing school number 23 and will serve as a beacon of hope for internally displaced children affected by the full-scale war. The one-story school building, spanning an area of 370 m2 will provide a nurturing environment for the young learners. The architect chose to clearly show that the building has been 3D printed by opting not to print with COBOD’s flaps technology, enabling the printing of very smooth walls. Also, remarkably, 90% of the construction materials will be locally produced, further stimulating the economy and empowering the community. In fact, 99% of the materials for the 3D printed concrete has been sourced at low cost locally.
This pioneering endeavor to construct the first 3D printed school in Europe embodies the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people to rebuild their nation and ensure a brighter future for the next generation. It represents a turning point in the reconstruction efforts and offers a blueprint for leveraging cutting-edge technology to address urgent societal challenges.