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India is now home to the world’s first 3D printed temple

The 3,800 square foot structure was brought to life as the result of a Apsuja Infratech and Simpliforge Creations partnership

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Apsuja Infratech, a Hyderabad-based leading construction company, has partnered with Simpliforge Creations, a 3D printing construction company, to create the world’s first 3D printed place of worship – more than a year ahead of Dubai’s plan to 3D print a mosque – in the form of a Hindu temple. Situated within Charvitha Meadows, at Burugupally, Siddipet, Telangana, India, the 3D printed temple serves as a testament to the harmonious integration of technology and nature with sustainability.

India is now home to the world's first 3D printed temple, as the result of a Apsuja Infratech and Simpliforge Creations partnership.
Image source: Construction Week India.

The ground-breaking, three-part temple covers 3,800 square feet, and stands at approximately 30 feet tall. The three sanctums, or Garbhas, within the structure represent a ‘Modak’ (a fig-shaped delicacy) dedicated to Lord Ganesha; a Shivalay, a square abode devoted to Lord Shankar; and a Lotus-shaped home for Goddess Parvati. The structure is 3D printed by Simpliforge, using the company’s in-house developed system and locally developed material and software.

“Completely printed on-site, the temple’s striking dome-shaped structures including the Modak and the Lotus, presented formidable challenges that required the team to employ bespoke design techniques, meticulous analysis, and innovative construction methods, all the while following the principles of Temple architecture resulting in this awe-inspiring architectural marvel,” said Hari Krishna Jeedipalli, Managing Director of Apsuja Infratech. “With the Shivalay and the Modak construction completed, phase II comprising of the Lotus and the tall spires (Gopurams) are already underway.”

India is now home to the world's first 3D printed temple, as the result of a Apsuja Infratech and Simpliforge Creations partnership.
Image source: Construction Week India.

“This structure demonstrates Simpliforge’s ability to print 51º and 32º in outward and inward cantilevers, respectively, especially while printing in-situ catering to the architectural/aesthetic requirements. This construction takes care of the structural requirements, principles of temple design, and 3D printing requirements, while dealing with the challenges of in-situ construction. This proof of concept also sets the stage for future applications of Simpliforge’s robust systems in inaccessible areas like frontiers, high altitude areas, deserts, and snowy regions with applications in challenging terrain, disaster-hit areas, and defense applications,” said Dhruv Gandhi, CEO of Simpliforge Creations. “The enclosed dome-shaped structures eliminating the need for flat slab roofs paves the way for extra-terrestrial applications which is Simpliforge’s grander vision.”

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