Renowned Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP are about to unveil a project they’ve been working on for 2 years. The company is due to present their new WASP Crane infinity mega 3D printer at an event next month. The novel new construction additive manufacturing technique allows the printer to print using raw materials it finds on-site cutting down on transportation and material costs.
Aside from the savings on costs, the construction 3D printer is also far more sustainable and eco-friendly. The printer extrudes natural materials and cement mortars after all. The machine itself acts as a mobile construction device, giving it an almost infinite build area.
Maurizio Andreoli from WASP, explains: “Three years ago during the event “The Reality of the Dream, WASP presented the 12-meter BigDelta to the world. After the establishment of the Technology Park Shamballa, WASP printed the first architectural module with the Big Delta. The experience was very important and led our research, to the realization of the actual CRANE WASP, the infinite 3D printer.”
New Grounds in Construction Printing
The company is hosting an event, “A call to save the world”, next month on October 6th and 7th. The event will bring together experts from across the world who will discuss what collaborative 3D printing systems are and what impact they will have. Aside from the WASP Crane, The event will also showcase some of the structures they’ve built. One such structure is GAIA, a construct of soil straw and compost from food waste.
The event will also be a primer on how the device operates. They will present the crane and modular systems along with different all the different configurations. They will also discuss coordinated and collaborative 3D printing with natural material extrusion and cement mortars. Finally, they will explain the on-site fabrication, transportability, and man-machine interaction.
Featured image and video courtesy of WASP.