3D printing technology is playing a pivotal role in the rebuilding efforts of Ukraine’s infrastructure. Danish 3DCP Group, using COBOD’s BOD2 printer, is spearheading the construction of a school in Lviv, supported by humanitarian foundation Team4UA. Remarkably, half of the single-storey building, covering 370 sq m, was completed in just four days of printing.
In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 2,000 schools suffered damage, with 277 completely destroyed, according to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The design deliberately showcases the 3D printing process by forgoing COBOD’s flaps technology, making the printed layers discernible. Furthermore, a commendable 90% of construction materials are sourced locally, and notably, 99% of the 3D printed concrete comes from local suppliers, bolstering the local economy.
The upcoming school stands as a testament to hope for children affected by the conflict. The architect’s decision to visibly display the 3D printed layers emphasizes the technological innovation behind the construction. The emphasis on local sourcing not only spurs economic growth but also underscores community empowerment.
This initiative, marking Europe’s first 3D printed school, symbolizes the Ukrainian populace’s tenacity and their quest for a brighter future. It sets a precedent for integrating avant-garde tech in tackling pressing societal issues.
At a press conference for the Ukrainian press on May 22, 2023, 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 what we have been doing in this project for free. Out of the 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”.