IIT-Guwahati hands over 3D printed sentry post to the Indian Army
The IIT Guwahati has developed a 3D printed sentry post for the Indian Army which can be set up at its intended site within 24 hours by the Army’s engineer wing, defence sources said. The 3D-printed sentry post is completely modular and can be transported to the construction site and assembled at the location.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Mahendra Rawat said that the prototype showcases the capability of rapid construction using 3D printed technology which can be utilized in border areas where traditional construction is challenging due to inclement weather conditions, terrain, and altitude limitations.
Rawat said the 3D printing technology can be an alternative to conventional construction methods, which has many limitations like longer construction time, availability of material at the site, etc.
The sentry post was developed as part of the Indigenous Research and Development Programme under a memorandum of understanding signed between the Eastern Army Command and IIT Guwahati in July this year on developing cost-effective and sustainable defense infrastructure for the Army.
Rawat said the 3D printed structure, which is the first of its kind in the region, was formally handed over to the Indian Army by IIT authorities at a function held on the IIT campus, underlining the Army’s initiative in embracing new technologies for defense infrastructure development in collaboration with premier academic institutions of the country.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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