An affordable housing venture in Africa named 14Trees has now leveraged the technology to produce the world's first 3D-printed school in Malawi, where students started taking their first lessons late last month.
It is designed in such a way that the students can now have their classes both inside and outside of the classroom. This is done for the students who don’t have the privilege to attend the school facilities.
As we've seen with other 3D-printed construction projects, the team uses a large extruder to form the walls of structures before the finishing touches, like windows, doors, roofing and various fittings, are added by skilled workers.
Malawi has one of the world’s worst educational infrastructure, with an acute shortage of teachers and classrooms. According to an estimate by UNICEF, Malawi requires 36,000 new classrooms to cut the shortage. It is even said this might even take 70 years to get done.
However, 14Trees have said they can make this happen with 3D printing technology in a span of 10 years.
14Trees is a joint effort between the UK's CDC Group and construction multinational LafargeHolcim, and is looking to help address housing shortages in Africa.