Construction 3D Printing

Ancient water fountain in Russia fully restored using 3D printing by AMT SPETSAVIA

The landmark in the city of Palekh was completed using AM technology for the first time

Construction 3D printing technology by AMT Spetsavia, one of the most prolific companies in this segment, was used to restore – almost from scratch – a gorgeous water fountain in the ancient Russian city of Palekh, in the Ivanovo region. This marks the first time 3D printing of cement materials was used to work on such a large landmark in Russia and the first largely 3D printed water fountain in the world.

Palekh is a world-famous Russian center of culture, characterized by folklore and traditional arts and crafts – such as lacquer painting of Palekh miniatures and icons. The “Sheaf” fountain occupies a significant place in the main park of the city. It was created in the middle of the last century by the famous sculptor Nikolai Dydykin, one of the restorers of the Great Cascade of Fountains in Peterhof and the author of the monument to Alexander Pushkin on the Moika in St. Petersburg.

During the restoration of the main Palekh fountain, which is located in the Park near the Holy cross Cathedral, the latest technology of construction 3D printing (Construction Objects Printing) was used.

During the current restoration, the shape of the fountain was changed from rectangular to round – which was its original shape. Underwater lights were also mounted in the colors of the Palekh lacquer miniature as the “Sheaf” sculpture returned to its center. Remarkably, the parapets of the updated fountain were all made using the newest technology in construction printing. While 3D printed bridges and houses are rapidly multiplying all over the world,  became the first not only in Russia but also in the world. The size is also impressive: the diameter of the Palekh 3D fountain is 26 meters, the depth is 2.2 meters.

The construction project was carried out by the company “IvStroyIndustriya” and “IvStroyGarant” from the city of Ivanovo. The parapet of the fountain was 3D printed using the “AMT” S-6044 Long (COP-printer, Construction Objects Printing) model from AMT SPETSAVIA.

The “AMT-SPETSAVIA” Group of Companies (Russia) is the leading developer and one of the first European manufacturer of construction 3D printers (COP-printers, Construction Objects Printing): from small format (for printing small architectural forms) to large (for printing buildings up to 30 floors). Equipment produced in Yaroslavl was used to 3D print the first office building in Europe (in Copenhagen, Denmark) and the first residential building in Europe (in Yaroslavl, Russia). Printers from “AMT” are already at work in several countries around the world.


Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which specializes in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore.

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