In the first 3D concrete printing competition in the Baltics, the jury recognized as the winner the environmental design object idea proposed by the student team 4 AM of Riga Technical University (RTU) and Latvian Academy of Arts (LAA) - a multi-functional 3D concrete bench covered with wooden planks for recreation in Torņakalns, University of Latvia (UL) Academic centre, informs RTU.

The winning team 4 AM consists of Jānis Vēveris, Lauris Krauze, Toms Čudars and Katrīna Anna Pētersone.

The jury chose the three best works. The second place is won by the RTU and LAA student team's onlyonly (Harijs Vucens, Madara Portnaja, Anna Līva Traumane) idea for a gazebo - a recreation pavilion, where relaxation is hidden from the eyes of others by curved concrete walls of different heights. The idea of ​​the FRA (Cynthia Erte, Egīls Markus, Ervins Gorelovs) student team of RTU and RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology was recognized as the third best - a place for rest and recreation with a bench, a bicycle shed and canopies, which is interspersed with 3D concrete structures.

The idea of the best environmental objects is intended to be implemented by evaluating the possibilities of integrating it into the UL House of Letters project. It is planned to complete the House of Letters project by the end of 2023. The authors of the best works also receive cash prizes worth 3000, 2000 and 1000 euros.

Eight teams of students and young professionals participated in the final.

All the works of the finalists of the competition can be viewed in the House of Sciences, Jelgavas Street 3, until April 22. After that, they are planned to be exhibited in the RTU student campus in Ķīpsala.

The organizers of the competition also offer any 3D printing enthusiast the opportunity to gain new knowledge and print environmental objects themselves by following the lectures and practical workshops of local and international experts on YouTube. Additional information.

In the Baltics, the first 3D concrete printing competition was organized by RTU Science and Innovation Center Design Factory in cooperation with UL and the creative skills education platform C2D to popularize 3D concrete printing and create the first publicly available 3D printed environmental installations in Latvia. 3D concrete printing is an innovative direction of scientific and technological development that is developing rapidly all over the world. The technology is sustainable, ensures the efficient use of human resources and materials, and offers the architecture and construction industries almost endless possibilities related to the freedom of shape, size and structure.

In the final of the competition, the prototypes developed by the teams were evaluated by the Rector of the University of Latvia Indriķis Muižnieks, the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the RTU Uģis Bratuškins, the head of the RTU 3D Concrete Printing Scientific Laboratory Māris Šinka, the Director of the House of Letters project of the UL Academic Center Jānis Ploks, the Head of the Technical Support Department of the UL of Infrastructure Department Guntars Greters, and 3D printing expert Juris Kļava.

The competition was financially supported by Sakret, the largest manufacturer of dry and ready-to-use building mixes in the Baltic region, Kubs Group, a group of construction companies, and Atelpa, a club of young architects, while Peri, one of the largest manufacturers of formwork and scaffolding in the world, provided informative support.

The 3D concrete printing competition was held with the support of the ERDF co-financed UL innovation grant for students (No. In order to develop students' innovative thinking, creative skills and entrepreneurship, Latvia's largest universities are implementing an ambitious project, offering diverse and modern training modules.