World’s first 3D printed school in Madagascar

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Nonprofit organization Thinking Huts wants to build the world’s first 3D-printed teaching institution in Madagascar, collaborating with established organizations and local workers. The school building will feature modular, honeycomb-shaped units powered by solar energy. The school’s hybrid design is said to cost half the amount of conventional construction costs by combining efficient 3D printing technology with locally source materials.

“3D printing decreases construction time from months to days and reduces our carbon footprint by limiting the amount of waste produced,” according to Thinking Huts. “Traditional schools often take months — even years — to build. 3D printing allows us to build more schools in less time.”

Thinking Huts chose Madagascar as the pilot location based on “the need for education infrastructure, a stable political outlook in an emerging economy, the opportunity for growth, as well as renewable energy potential.” Madagascar schools are often overcrowded and situated in dangerous locales. As a result, 1.3 million children are deprived of education.

This is such a good example of using technological advancements to uplift others, opening access to education and learning resources to underserved populations. What are other potential applications of 3D construction that can democratize access to resources?

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