One of the most interesting companies on the TCT Show floor last week was a Bologna-based outfit, WASProject. The four-year-old 3D printing company not only caught our interest thanks to its big delta 3D printer printing live but rather its humanitarian approach to the industry.
WASP stands for World’s Advanced Saving Project with a mission to use 3D printing as a tool to build homes, particularly in disaster-struck communities using sustainable natural resources. The company is self funded by the sale of small-scale delta printers which is then used to fund the research.
WASP’s largest machine is the BigDeltaWASP, measuring 12 metres tall but can easily be constructed by just three people in less than six hours. Powered by solar energy, the machine recently completed its first architectural model made with clay and straw fibres demonstrating how, with open access to information, similar builds could be carried out anywhere in the world.
We spoke to Flavio Gioia designer at TeamWASP about the growth of the project and how it's delivering “starter kits” packed with all the data needed to build the perfect city.
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