Despite the ongoing war, Ukraine is trying to rebuild the bombed areas. Destroyed or seriously damaged school buildings are a big problem, many children have lost access to education.
Despite the ongoing war, Ukraine is trying to rebuild the bombed areas. Destroyed or seriously damaged school buildings are a big problem, many children have lost access to education. This is where 3D printing technology comes in handy, thanks to which the first school in Europe built using this technology is being built in Lviv.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the scale of destruction has been steadily increasing. The priority of the authorities is to rebuild the country as soon as possible so that people can return to their cities. It is estimated that since the beginning of the war, 300 schools have been completely destroyed and 2 600 are seriously damaged.
In addition, 2.5 million children have been internally displaced as their families seek a safer place to live. This is a very big challenge for cities that constantly receive war displaced persons. Children without proper education will have no future. One of the cities that receives large numbers of people looking for a safe place to live is Lviv.
School closures, constant bombings and displacements make access to education very difficult. This is especially true for children in areas most affected by war. To help displaced students return to school, the city of Lviv, in cooperation with the local charity fund Team4UA, initiated the construction of a school printed in 3D printing technology.
The project contractor is the Danish construction company 3DCP Group, and the equipment supplier is 3D COBOD. The printed school is a one-story building with a total usable area of 370 m2. Layer by layer, the building begins to take shape.
The project of building a school based on 3D printing technology aims to provide access to education for children affected by 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 may have a negative impact on their future and the future of the state.
says Jean-Christophe Boni, founder and president of the humanitarian foundation Team4UA.
The construction of the school printed on a 3D printer began in September 2022, but was temporarily suspended due to massive Russian missile attacks, which cut off the electricity necessary for construction. Work on the new school has resumed, and the contractor estimates that it will be ready for use as early as 2024. It will accommodate approximately 100 students.
Experts estimate that the reconstruction of the damage to Ukraine's infrastructure caused by the Russian aggressor will cost billions of dollars. The war is still going on, and the recent events related to the explosion of the Nova Kakhovka dam have caused a crisis comparable to the Chernobyl disaster.
Due to the fact that Ukrainian troops are liberating more and more towns from the Russian yoke day by day, work on rebuilding the damage can begin. Volodymyr Zelensky has ambitious plans not only to rebuild Ukraine, but also to lay the foundations for a new reality. However, this will require not only huge financial outlays, but also the use of state-of-the-art technologies.
Information about the plan to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild the country is becoming more and more frequent.
Thanks to 3D printing technology, the reconstruction of Ukraine is to be much faster than using standard methods. Using this solution, the initiators of the project want to speed up the creation of educational facilities. Ultimately, also the reconstruction of the necessary infrastructure in the destroyed Ukraine.