WASP 3D Printers

Crane WASP – The Infinite 3d printer

Crane WASP is a collaborative 3D printing system capable of printing houses

Technology: 3D Printing

Use Case: Housing, Construction

Status: Commercially Available

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Crane WASP – The Infinite 3d printer


 

3D-Printed Homes Made of Rice, Clay, and Recyclable Materials Are Energy-Efficient, Architectural Stunners

WASP and MCA – Mario Cucinella Architects teamed up to construct eco-sustainable 3D printed houses using a 3D printer called a Crane WASP.

This includes a Gaia that uses natural waste materials, including raw earth, straw, and rice husk, and a Tecla, a new circular housing model, created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain. Its walls are developed using a weaving technique and geometric variations inspired by the potter wasp, which helps build a solid construction.

These are both high-performing, energy-efficient modules with almost a zero-environmental impact that can be printed in just a few weeks. Thanks to its natural ventilation systems and thermo-acoustic insulation systems, no heating or air conditioning systems are needed. Instead, a mild and comfortable temperature is maintained inside – both in winter and in summer. WASP and MCA will be launching the first prototype of the Tecla near Bologna, Italy.

 

WASP takes inspiration from the potter wasp. We build 3D printed houses using earth found on the spot, under a sustainable perspective. The oldest material and a state of the art technology merge to give new hope to the world. GAIA, our first 3D printed house made with raw earth, was born a year ago. Today with our partners we are printing TECLA an entire eco-sustainable habitat. The planet is asking for a joint project that we share with Mario Cucinella.

Massimo Moretti

MD, WASP

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