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COBOD 3D printer used to build new school in Ukraine

by Liam Turner
COBOD's BOD2 3D construction printer being used to build a new school in Lviv, Ukraine

A COBOD 3D construction printer is being used to build a new school in Lviv, Ukraine.

This project – led by the humanitarian foundation Team4UA and carried out by the Danish 3DCP Group – is using COBOD’s BOD2 printer to help address the need for educational infrastructure in the country.

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.

The main goal of the initiative is to quickly respond to the shortage of educational infrastructure in the country. 

The project’s partners say that, by using 3D printing technology, they will be able to expedite the creation of educational facilities and lay the foundation for the reconstruction of housing and vital infrastructure throughout the country.

Half the building complete

Jean-Christophe Bonis, founder and chair of the Team4UA humanitarian foundation, said: “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 three-four days of printing.

“Virtually half of the printing is already complete.”

The primary school is being built on the premises of the existing school number 23 “and will serve as a beacon of hope”, the partners say, for internally displaced children affected by the war.

The one-story school building, spanning an area of 370 m2 will seek to provider a nurturing environment for pupils.

Around 90% of the construction materials will be locally produced, further stimulating the economy and empowering the community.

Further, 99% of the materials for the 3D printed concrete has been sourced at low cost locally.

‘Least we could do’

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, founder and 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.”

Image: COBOD’s BOD2 3D construction printer being used to build a new school in Lviv, Ukraine. Credit: COBOD

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