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3DCP Group builds Europe’s first 3D printed school in Ukraine

The one-story building with total floor area of 370 square meter was completed in less than 4 days

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A groundbreaking initiative to rebuild Ukraine has commenced in Lviv, Ukraine, where the humanitarian foundation Team4UA, together with the Danish 3DCP Group using COBOD’s BOD2 printer, have completed the 3D printing of a building that will be used as a school, the first such project in Europe.

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.

Jean-Christophe Bonis, founder and chairman of the Team4UA humanitarian foundation, shared his perspective on the initiative: “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.”

3DCP Group builds Europe's first 3D printed school in Ukraine, a one-story building with floor area of 370 sqm completed in less than 4 days

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 square meters 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.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD said: “We are proud to have delivered the technology that makes this project possible. The proud people of Ukraine deserve all the support we can provide, and I am happy we have been able to donate all that we have been doing in this project for free. Out of respect for the impressive fighting will Ukraine has shown on behalf of all of the rest of Europe and the rest of the democratic world, this is the least we could do”.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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