3D printed clay natural refrigerator (Botijo)

Natural refrigerator (Botijo) is a project by Gianluca Pugliese, a maker that has collaborated with WASP for many years. To print the botijo he used a Delta WASP 2040 with Clay Kit - LDM WASP Extruder.

Botijo (Spanish name) is a traditional "bottle" to preserve cold water.


Botijo was invented in 1611 in wikipedia you can read a lille bit of history  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botijo.


Gianluca studied the shape to obtain the same efficiency, but with a little bit of design, and because the goal is to print it with a 3D printer, He had to calculate the right hoverhang.



Gianluca tried many shapes including a lowpoly and thin shell. You can download the STL file here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1821124.


The traditional one is made in red clay, to print Gianluca tried Paperclay that is a composite with cellulose, paper and clay. When you fire the piece, the paper will gone and the piece results well porous. Cellulose helps during the printing to obtain printing with big hoverhang.


To print the botijo he used a Delta WASP 2040 with Clay Kit - LDM WASP Extruder, using a 2mm nozzle with a 0.6 layer height. He had a really good result.


Like all kinds of Clay you have to fire the piece, in this case paperclay needs a 1250 degree oven, in a ceramic shop you can choose what kind of temperature you needs in base of your clay.


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3D Printing has an answer to scoliosis

3D Printing has an answer to scoliosis

You can find all the material on the research of 3D printing in the medical field in the section of our site WASP Med.

WASP Med and IOR, Technology and innovation in the medical field

WASP medical group meets the researchers of the  Orthopedic  Institute Rizzoli  in Bologna. To make the point on the  development  of the projects linked to the introduction in the medical field of the 3D printing  and on the introduction of the new training course: “Tecnico per la fabbricazione digitale biomedicale”.Technician  in  virtual biomedical fabbrication.


WASP Med, a working team which assemble researchers ans professionists in the medical field,  with the purpose to offer  tailored solutions able to improve the doctors job and the patient wellness, met on Friday 25th November 2016  IOR 's (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli di Bologna excellence center in the orthopedics and traumatology fields)  technicians and researchers. IOR has been dealing with 3D printers applied to medical field for several years. During the event,  WASP Med team has introduced the partners, the projects and the latest developments in the 3D printing applied to medical field and a new training course.

Technician  in the virtual bio-medical fabbrication

As explained by Massimo Moretti, WASP's CEO, the society is going to introduce a training course  “Tecnico per la fabbricazione digitale biomedicale”. Its purpose is to train a professional person able to realise medical support-parts 3Dprinted with the help of digital acquisition instruments, dedicated softwares and 3D printing machines. A professional figure  expected to find  several application fields in a near future, as 3D printing is getting an irreplaceable role  in medical field due to its innovations and advangages for the patient but for the  medical staff too.   The possible realization fields go from the educational performaces or preparatory study of the  muscle tissue, of the bone or dental apparatus, to the construction of customized supports for scoliosis and lordosis theraphy; for surgeon guides and to make some surgeon intervention easier , from not planted estetical and functional prothesis to the construction of customized surgeon instruments.

Prothesis, corsets and insoles: the WASP Med group successes

One of the first  to use a WASP printer, getting a big improvement in the scoliosis therapy compared to the traditional methods, was doctor Lelio Leoncini, phisician director of the Medical Center Sanatrix of Rionero in Vulture, who showed to the Rizzoli staff more confortable and accurated  corsets, tutors and insoles  compared to the traditional supports, specially if compared to the classical plaster casts, little practical and not easy to be realised.

Among the team WASP Med-results promoted during the event at IOR, the extraordinary prothesis realised by Marco Avaro, director and prothesis-technician at the Orthopedic Laboratory Del Bene Fabio in Trieste, are  noteworthy. In fact he has been realizing replacement appendages using Delta WASP for several years, helping  paralized athletes, victims of antipersonnel mines and fire arms: supports in light and resistant materials that have allowed to amputated people to start walking running and even surfing again.

Innovation in the material study

In the WASPmedical application it 's of foundamental importance the study of the materials and of the filaments with the aim to obtain more and more resistant and flexible objects at reasonable prices.  Dario Pizzigoni from TreeD Filaments, works in the polymers field: He is the “plastic” expert. He explains “We work a lot with composite materials made up of several polymers or by one polymer united to a different element, like carbon for example. An advantage in the use of these  materials is the biodegradability . This is a widly expanding field , we are at the beginning of our research : there are still a lot of new polymers to test.”

Interdisciplinary perspective  and technology: medical future

In addition to the single and specific technological developments, central element in the 3d printing medical application is the interdisciplinary perspective, the twine of different “expertises”, skills belonging to different fields, from design to projecting from engineering to medicine up to competences in legal field. A shered vision carried on by the IOR research-team, whose coordinator is the engineer  Alberto Leardini, chief of the Institute Analysis Laboratory, who works with the aim to realize tailored prosthesises. “We cannot think to take care of just a single field – the two engineers  Leardini and Leonardo Vivarelli, from Prometeo Laboratory - explain – The medicine future is in the inter-connection of different skills with the foundamental help of technology, in the direction of the development of more and more customized equipments and instruments”. And this is the direction followed by all WASP Med team.

3D Printing to the Design service

Livyng Ecodesign melts creativity and technology with WASP printers.

Thanks to WASP, it's possible to re-interpret tradition and the hand-crafted know-how with technological and  advanced systems. Livyng Ecodesign is a new company from FAENZA, born in 2015, that produces  lighting, bookcases, furniture parts and objects with a highly recognisable style.  Love for Nature  and the passion for the design have guided and motivated the idea of this young and dynamic brand.

The new CERAMIC COLLECTION, first introduced at Argillà Italia 2016, is a perfect mix of tradition and  contemporary elements , the result of  a design research applied  to the  3Dprinting world with the  use of ceramic materials, like porcelain and gres. A challange that our Delta WASP 2040 with its clay kit deserves.




This experimentation starting point  is the idea to create shapes impossible to be manually realised  and with “traditional” shaping methods like the draining and the lathe moulding.   Complex shapes full of undersquares which look  pleasant and involving at the same time.

This is the essential requirement for the lighting series  «139» and «153» and of the little flat plant vases of the  «46» series. The names given to the products correspond to the number of layers needed to realise the object. The layers overlapping is in fact the distinctive element of this producing process and which characterises its look.


In particular in the lampshades, the open-weave resulting from the layer-overlapping and the consequent drying of the porcelain, creates a magic effect thanks to the light which passes throught the  translucent material and the random little holes of the  resulting object.


Livyng Ecodesign shares with  WASP the care for  the environmental awareness.  They get inspired by   Nature , and  adapt their projects with a flexible choise of the materials; setting their interest not only to the customer needs but also to the surrounding habitat. In this way the resulting product has a high esthetic , social and eco-friendly value.

www.livyng-ecodesign. com


Technology and Design to give shape to the light

The LEDbyLED creations with Delta WASP 2040. Is it possible to give shape to the light? The question sounds as ambiguous, but the answer will surprise you…a 3d printed led lamp.


The light is heat, light is expression of life. From these assumptions LEDbyLED enlightening design, through the use of highly performing 3d printers Delta WASP 2040, is able to “shape the light” giving a touch of innovation and striking design to all environments of daily life.


LEDbyLED is a Italian artisan company specialized in the production of design lamps with LED technology and 3D printing. The creation of the design lamps is the result of a symbiosis between LED lightning technology, 3D printing of the lighting elements, and a careful choice of the design of the lighting and decorative  elements strictly eco-friendly.


The result is modern lamp, personalized, with attention paid to the smallest details and with a high energy efficiency rate.

How is this possible?

It all begins from a project 2D/3D that aims to meet and define the taste of the people and environments which will host the lamps. Next comes production, where lighting elements are printed; 3D printers Delta WASP 2040 perform this task admirably, by going to shape the elements with millimeter accuracy.


The material used for these specific creations is PLA, a natural bioplastic, easily disposable and with an excellent transparency, which is perfectly suitable for use as casing for the 3d printed led lamp. The PLA in fact is completely biodegradable and compostable, so that the entire life cycle of the lamps can be defined as sustainable.

When precision is all

In LEDbyLED lab, the 3D printers Delta WASP work “like a charm” allowing the company to produce flawless products, with very accurate details, and efficient in all aspects.

With WASP printers is possible to shape the light, giving it a shape that unites it to the environments of our daily life. LEDbyLED proposes the best products created by craftsmanship and by innovative technologies in lighting and productive design.


What is your lighting concept?

Each person has a special and exclusive relationship with their own home, with their work environment or relaxing. For this reason LEDbyLED enlightening design shall provide its own PROJECT DEPARTEMENT which will provide for development and realization of your idea of enlightenment, proposing a project from scratch or developing it according to your furnishing requirements.


“So we shape the light, and we let the light to guide us through the process, step by step: Step by Step, Led by Led”


3DiTALY and WASP reward the young design-talents

The  contest “Una seduta per 3DiTALY” , promoted by 3DiTALY Pescara in collaboration with WASP,  ended with the victory of  Vincenzo Fantini -  The joined projects were more than one hundred, seven were the  finalists who attended  the 3D printing- intensive laboratory  performed with  Delta WASP 3MT.

“Mould” is the name of a resistant, elegant, flexible and ergonomic chair, realised just in one single  PLA block by Vincenzo Fantini, young winner of the contest “A seat for 3DiTALY". Thanks to his creation, Vincenzo has won a 3D Delta WASP 2040 printer, with whom he will be able to shape his future projects.


A call for a new design concept

Aim of the contest for dreamers and designers, was the projecting of a seat to be entirely 3D printed – or realized with 3d printed parts to be assembled the one with the other or with other material parts,  to form a chair;   an easily printable shape chair but above all  functional, intelligent, usable:   the purpose, shared by WASP,  is to promote new technology-use in the standard projecting process to obtain, independently, original objects which can be integrated in every day life.

It's a big change: thanks to 3Dprinting, you can create by your own – your personal furniture, you can think and bring forth to new, more effective and sustainable living solutions.


One hundred projects and seven finalists for a 3d printing full-immersion

The proposal has triggered a big interest: more than 100 projects of any kind and shape, have arrived, many strange but clever, accurated and practical, from a chair for children that if upsidedown can become a rocking, to  the mono-block chair for outdoors that solves the water stagnation in case of rain. The seven selected finals have attended a two days full-immersion performing with our Delta WASP 3MT:  on 11th and 12th November the designers have been driven to the modelling and finalisation of the project for the chair 3D printing in real size; a unique opportunity which allowed the participants to experience the innovative technology of the pellet extruder developed by WASP.

Delta WASP 3MT : contest protagonist

The meeting has engaged and excited the audience, with its live 3D printing performed with a big size Delta WASP (3m. high), a surprising  multi tools machine, speed and versatile, able to bring forth to furniture, furniture parts or any other kind of objects under everybody's eyes . With this stimulating contest opportunity, WASP has contributed to promote self-production culture  in the furniture components field – moving a little more onward  the borders of 3Dprinting world.

As further confirmation, during the 13th November award-ceremony, occured during the new 3DiTALY headquarter inauguration in Pescara, one of the biggest decorating element ever printed in Italy,  has been realised.


3d Printer for School: WASP and Cometa will be at “Smart Education & Technology Days”

Three days dedicated to 3d printing for school application

Wasp has attended “Smart Education & Technology Days”, the Naple science-city in an exibition area of 380 mq that Cometa has committed to the School Technologies. Wasp, as main sponsor, has introduced the latest solution in the 3D printing for the educational field, in particular the impressive 3D Delta WASP 3MT.

WASP and school 3d printing


Nicola Schiavarelli, R&D e Trainer, from WASP tells how an Emilian start up has become quickly an excellent 3D printer center.

To learn playing: the meeting between Wasp and CrescoLab


That’s how the cooperation between the two realities was born  and how the colored meccano- printer has attracted children who have learnt to assemble and use it very shortly.

The 3D printer can become a toy and an effective educational tool: an idea and some little adjustments have been enough to transform the printer from a professional instrument into a giant meccano perfectly working. Everything bore from a meeting: some years ago the Cresco Lab team arrived in Massa Lombarda to buy  some 3D WASP Printers. WASP has grasped the potential of CrescoLab’s idea  and a mutual and interesting cooperation has started.

3d Printing for School

From Tuscany to Romagna

“We arrived in Massa Lombarda as simple buyers, we had to realize  prototypes for our jumbo meccano Cresco – the Cresco Lab leader Cristiano Cavani explains-. The result has been very satisfactory. We showed it to  Massimo Moretti and he was enthusiastic, that’s why we agreed to meet at Maker Faire and our cooperation started”. Cresco winks to the Meccano and to the Lego bricks: just one brick is useless, but each single brick has its own role in the whole, and every time something new must be invented. That’s the kit aim. “At that point - Cavani continues – we decided to build a 3D printer using our pieces; we have realized the model on Open Delta after a “reverse engineering” action, disassembling and replacing all mechanical elements,  only the heart and the electronic part have remained with the  WASP extruder”.

3d Printer for School

A play to sharpen users’wit

Just from a first sight, the cheerful aspect of this product Delta CW 18 24 in Kit, has soon emerged,  together with the need to  take action with it. “Massimo, in front of the resulting object, has enlightened and has suggested   its most suitable function. Practically, we have moved the idea of the 3D printer as being no longer a professional instrument, but on the contrary something which emphatically attracts because it looks like a toy ”.

There are several possibilities to use it , from the domestic purpose: in  a child’s or boy’s bedroom, to any level school: it may be easily adjusted according to the different levels and ages. It can be daily used as a creative or educational toy, but also as an instrument which helps to learn and study. And, what about its assembly? “It might happen that, once you have the whole kit in your hands, you find difficult to assemble the printer and you may lose your heart. To show  everybody that this is something possible, we had it assembled by children from 9 to 10 years old. The  instructions guide is full of images and very accurate: after one day training , all of them have easily mounted it and enjoying. I bet a grown-person has no courage to say he can’t do it!”.

3d Printing for School

Projects in progress

Technically, a part its cheerful  look in multicolored wood, this WASP 3D printer, is different from the other Wasp printers because it has no screw: each part connects to the others through magnetic joints.

“We have balanced everything,  now we are  working to update the printer so that it can become a scanner too”. The project is still growing and self-supporting : “Each new printer,  during the test phase, produces new pieces for its “daughter-machine”. All the pieces produced for the next machine are   free license   and can be down-loaded from the web site. We marry WASP philosophy, we believe in the know-how-spreading ”. Once again a project born from cooperation.

A very important value for WASP who every day chooses to work together with companies, makers, FabLab in order to achieve big shared results.

3D Printing and the medical application: Lelio Leoncini’s amazing creations using WASP 3D printers

One of the field where the 3D printing has given its best results, and where promising developments are going so far to be imagined in a near future, is the medical field  and in particular Orthopedic. Scoliosis is a widespread disease but it is so difficult to treat that it often impose the use of uncomfortable and expensive orthopedic corsets.  In 2014  Lelio Leoncini, a doctor specialized  in Physical Medicine and Physical Therapy, from Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba), Medical Director of  the  Medical Center”Sanatrix” in Rionero in Vulture (Potenza), has started to test the 3D printers using a  Delta WASP 4070 to realize orthopedic corsets. Now Leoncini joins WASP Med, a group committed to the research and whose aim is to improve health and wellness.

 CorsettoEsoscheletro2Scoliosis and  3D printing

“From an orthopedic and scientific point of view, the 3D printing allows to perform on scoliosis in a a more efficient and effective way than the handmade production” he explains. -. “Through  the virtual project, you find out how a scoliosis will develop; the production costs decrease considerably; you don’t have the problem to clear out the materials and you speed up production:  a technician can hand-make a couple of corsets a day; using the 3D printing you can double the quantity and with a better quality.”

In addition, the resulting product is particularly effective: “It is  much more anatomical, it does not annoy the patient who, consequently,  can wear it for a longer time; then allocating uniformly the loads,  it acts in harmonic way then, last but not least, it looks nicer”.


From the plaster cast to the Shogun Filament

Doctor Leoncini’s research starts from the bottom, from the several needs of doctors, orthopedic technicians and from patients (from the youngest to the oldest) and from the examination of the critical and restrictive actual systems; all problems that can be solved using new technology and sparing money too“. A corset construction has always been a difficult process  because it’s full of scientific disputes. “This is one of the reasons why many accomplished schools of thought exist” he explains -. “It is fundamental to overtake the plaster cast technique, and get a precise body-model realized with scanner – this allows to shape it in a very precise way, giving advantages not only to the operators but specially to the patients. Using this new technique I have been able to achieve a very high level of precision, for example you can make amendments and revisions of the model, thing which would be impossible using the traditional and more common technique of the plaster cast.”.

The last series of corsets has been realized using a new fiber: the Shogun Filament, which resists to high temperatures. It does not present the PLA problem of thermo-frailty, preserving the possibility to be thermo-shaped more than once; besides it has physical characteristics similar to the polyethylene commonly used for corsets. “There should be more other fibers to be tested“  the doctor continues -. A wide range of new fibers for medical-use is now spreading  but we need to test each of them according to the several applications; Actually the Shogun from TreeD Filaments is perfect for corsets.”

The corsets realized in the last months

Modello Cheneau modificato

- The modified Cheneau Model


It has a punched weave where the corset is not often mechanically solicited, on the contrary the areas of the underarm hold and of the pelvis, are compact to support the bigger pressure. Two kinds of weaves have been realized:  the first  (smile shaped) is suitable for 3D printing and for a balanced strength distribution, the second  is  grasshopper which allows a quicker and more precise printing and  the realization of a lighter and more resistant corset.


- Esoskeletal Corset


Due to the particular  “underarm and pelvis holds” it allows to obtain an anti-gravitation effect on the spinal column, that’s why it is suitable in cases of advanced osteoporosis  with vertebral collapse or after a surgeon intervention on the backbone where it is necessary a period of unload on the vertebral column. The same kind of corset can be used also in cases of iper-cifosis in the  evolutionary age, changing in the modeling-phase  some strength-vectors.


- Chair Corset

Realized against body and pelvis acquisition while sitting using ring sensors actually realized by WASP. Studied on purpose for serious scoliosis which forces to remain sitting and in cases of posture disabilities.

Orthopedic insoles

It has been realized a very simple structure: a structure which allows an under-load foot  360 degree acquisition. This is a fundamental aspect because a no-load acquisition would produce a model which does not correspond to the morphological and functional foot-change. Orthopedic insoles: Insole printed in TPE plus stirene, Printing of the positive foot model, Proper receptive orthopedic insoles.

- Insole printed in TPE plus stirene

It is suitable to be used with classical materials. In  short a special antibacterial fiber will be available, Characteristic which is not present in normal and more common materials.

- Printing of the positive foot model

Some insoles, like those for diabetics require the use of   some special materials, therefore it’s possible to print the patient foot on which thermo-shape the materials.


Wrist and forearm with a prevent-accident-fiber,  realized with Grassopher.


Millennium Falcon 3D printing

Here we are with a big 3D printed object, a Millennium Falcon made with a DeltaWASP 4070. After 72 hours' wait for this result, good or bad, judge for yourselves!
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A young French maker wins the “’Instructables 3D Printing Contest “

Tom Siu achieves the Delta 2040 raffled by WASP for Instructables and 3D Hubs: “now the possibilities to create are limitless!”

Tom Siu is a 23 years old French  boy, student at the  Grenoble Management School. He loves skateboard, snowboard, motor-bike  racing,  aerial shots and drones,  and , since he was a child, he has been enjoying to create using his hands, he likes constructing any kind of objects. And this passion has honored him : Tom, sharing his 3D printer-project of a  quadricopter drone,  has won the most important contest dedicated to  the 3D printer, promoted by the Instructables makers community  and by 3D Hubs.


Self- production: a winning passion

“I started my interest in drones about one year ago – he remembers - and immediately after I started to realise by myself   my quaricopter droneinquiring and learning the necessary information through forum and from friends.  Then, seven months ago, I discovered the  3D printing and I realised that it offers endless opportunites! At that point I was certain I could realise my drone thank to this technique”. Tom has projected his quadricopter with 123D Design, then he tried to print it using a little  3D printer found on line; in the meanwhile he noticed the 3D Printing Contest Announcement and he decided to join it , delivering his project and hoping to win the first prize: a Delta WASP 2040, chosen by the organizers, as the best 3D printer.

New Projects with Delta WASP

“I’ m really buff  that I will receive a 3D Delta WASP  printer because I’m sure it will open much more chances to my creations! “ the young maker utters. “Now I’ll be able to create bigger parts and using newer and stronger filaments like nylon”. Tom’s creativity is already working to conceive  smart productions: “I’m thinking about projecting electrical-engines part to be adjusted in a self- produced skateboard  for going around in my city; I’m going to realize new parts for racing-quadricopters, printed with  filaments I have never used before and finally, I’m going to create several parts for my motorbike and for my bicycles,  like a video camera, some light-supports and  purely decorating elements too”.


3D printing: a no-limit creation

Tom Siu has caught the 3D printing core and WASP’s main principles: the self-production value and the free and common know-how importance, the  real possibility to realise a new world starting from an idea and from a motivation, constructing with our own hands”. “What I really love in 3D printing - Tom continues- is that there are unlimited possibilities. What you need to have is just an idea and here you are; that idea may become reality. I’m sure  that  in the future I’ll realise a lot of projects with  my new 3D printer,   most of whom had never come into my mind before.”

WASP presents Delta WASP 3MT in England and United States

After the preview  at Additive Manufacturing Europe in Amsterdam last June, WASP officially presents Delta WASP 3MT in England and in the United States.  There are three appointments scheduled for this week: TCT Show Birmingham, Digical Londra, Maker Faire New York.



Big dimensions printing

Delta WASP 3MT is a self-production instrument used to create big dimensions objects (one cubic meter maximum), freely and personalized. It can print furniture like chairs, tables, lamps, coat racks, umbrella stands. Moreover, it is an ideal tool for designers and architects, technical schools, universities, research centers. Another application is in the automotive field.

In its original version, the machine prints granular plastic. By changing the tool, DeltaWASP3MT can also print dense fluids. Furthermore, with a third tool, it can cut wooden or plastic panels.

From here the name “3MT”, acronym that also refers to the machine dimensions. A very important innovation consists in the possibility of printing recycled materials. WASP sells the machine both in the basic model and with different functions tools.

Maker Economy

Therefore, WASP carries on in Maker Economy line, following a research work that seeks to human being health and independence. The project starts from strong motivations and comes true in a house that frees the human being, a house that can be built without debts, using materials from the local territory, planned not only to be lived, but also to produce energy, food and resources.


In addition to MT3, WASP brings at the fair the results of the research conducted during this year at Shamballa Technological Village, where BigDelta WASP 12MT is creating the first house made in clay and straw printed in 3D and where, day by day, very important information are collected. Next step will be the presentation of Maker Economy Starter Kit, a container that includes all the needed knowledge and instruments to build a self-sufficiency house. But this is the project that WASP will bring in preview at Maker Faire di Roma, from  14th to 16th of October  and that soon will be presented in details.

From Massa Lombarda to Spain: the first WASP Hub is opening in Madrid

WASP moves outside Massa Lombarda, and outside Italy too: the first WASP HUB is opening in Madrid, and this is the first step of a long way to go. The opening will take place during Mini Maker Faire di Madrid, on 24th and 25th of September at Medialab-Prado.


The person in charge for the Spanish WASP Hub is Gianluca Pugliese, known as Owen: WASP partner, artist and maker, with his Delta WASP 2040 TURBO he creates fascinating light paintings, mixing photography and 3D-printing.;


This is just a beginning

WASP strongly believes in this project to whom is working from some months. Soon other Hubs, similar to the Spanish one, will open in Italy and abroad. One of Hubs characteristics is using, showing and selling furniture and décor  directly made with WASP printers, following the philosophy of the company founded by Massimo Moretti: promoting personalization and self-production for individual and collective improvement.

Spain: an interesting Country, a promising market

“On January I moved to Madrid, and after few months I came up with the idea of the WASP point in Spain, the first one ever”, Gianluca says. “I started planning the project with Massimo Moretti and Roberto Montesi, WASP sales manager. Together we started thinking about the place structure and organization. In the meanwhile, I kept on producing with my WASP 20 40 Turbo, taking part to fairs and events all along the Country, getting in touch with the interest and the knowledge of this field”. Gianluca’s survey brings good results: “In Spain is better to bet on clay because of a strong and rooted tradition in ceramic - he explains -. For example, I created a software able to generate a vase starting from plant details and data: the flower plans its own vase, the most suitable one; this is the idea. When I presented the project in a fair, the emeritus king and present Madrid mayor came to see it”.

WASP Hub: not a simple shop

Actually WASP Hub won’t be a simple shop - Gianluca clarifies -: it is going to be the official WASP supply point in Spain, a wholesale selling point and an assistant center, a showroom for clients and dealers where you can find WASP machines and also a 3D-printed objects exposition, in order to understand and clearly realize what these machines are able to do”.

And that’s not all: WASP Hub will be also an information center to spread maker and 3D-printing culture encouraging curiosity and interest both for people who already know this sector, and for who doesn’t, and possibly just meet it in the shop for the first time.“We will arrange some presentation to show the machines mode of operation, we will organize clay printing courses at recreational and professional levels, and finally we will get in touch with companies, institutions, research centers and universities. We want the 3d-printing to make a qualitative leap: now it is quite common in Spain, but not at high levels. And then, with our work we would like to persuade people to open new WASP Points, in Spain and abroad”.

Info:  www.wasp3d.es

Clip System Vision - a novelty in the market

A new project put into production due to WASP’s technology.


ClipSystem Vision is a patented system to satisfy Ophthalmic Companies and Optical Centres. It’s an adjustable glasses kit. Every kit contains an eyeglasses frame, 40 right clips and 40 left clips.


This is a project by Roberto Pregliasco, Optometry and Contactology area Manager at the Centro di Ottica, Optometria e Contattologia in Genova. With a Delta WASP 2040 and 3 Power WASP EVO, in 4 months it has been studied and realized 5 different glasses prototypes.

All the process has been controlled by the same team: a designer, a prototyper and a maker. Spending less time than with traditional technologies and in a close contact with the customer, it is possible to turn the idea into a series production. Thanks to 3D printers’ potentiality, the innovative technology able to reduce time and cost of traditional technologies (the time for models prototyping is reduced of the 80% and of the 60% for production time).

Numbers speak clearly: 5 projects and 5 prototypes in 5 months. Alessandro Gargano from the 3d-agency team says: “We have started to work on this project in January, in May we organized the manufacturing. Impossible with the injection technique”. Furthermore, it was very important the close contact with the customer who, sayes Alessandro, “has the possibility to handle the prototype when he wants”.


The kit contains only Italian products. “Our 3D printed eyeglasses”, sayes Alessandro, “is designed by an italian team. Also the other parts of the kit: eyeglasses made by Damiani Company with Italian materials such as the Mazzuchelli’s sheets, handmade in Italy”.


The ClipSystem Vision is a project developed by 3D-agency, the FabLab of the Architectural Department (DSA) at Genova University. The purpose of this team is to disseminate and experiment digital fabrication technologies organizing workshops and events, to support people in the prototypation process and to develop small series productions.


WASP opens up to new ways for Contemporary Ceramic Art

The Digital Revolution at the service of Art and Sculpture. New Approaches to understand the Pottery Production.

WASP returns to Argillà to show the future of Ceramics: turning Ancient craft techniques into 3D Technology. Argillà it’s the International Ceramics Festival in Faenza – Italy - where every two years Potteries, Artists and Ceramic Experts from wherever in the world come to meet each other.

During Argillà 2016, WASP will present Delta WASP 3MT a new 3-metre-high printer, able to produce 1-metre-high sculptures due to a new extruder and a clay mixture specially formulated for 3D printing with low risk of collapse.

The digital revolution in Ceramics

Massimo Moretti, WASP’s CEO, says: “The pottery’s wheel arrival has been a substantial innovation for the History of Ceramic and opened up to new possibilities of expressiveness and performance. Today the 3D Printing is the new Revolution.

A Technology able to transform the crafting rules. To diversify the shapes, turning nimbly from a geometrical structure to the freedom of sculptural approach. A wide range of possibilities that with software open source could be achieved easily managing critical aspects of the manual labor. Due to 3D Technology the objects thickness will never be a problem again, controlling the infill the artist will be totally involved in the post-production phase.

The new extruder

A big Printer with a New Extrusion System LDM WASP Extruder able to sustain 15kg of clay. It’s the clay extruder the big news of the event.

Massimo Moretti, says: "After the launch of the first professional clay extruder for consumer printers that we showed during the last Argillà Edition, we’ve produced a new model able to extrude in a few time full scale objects. So we have designed a printer able to move till 15kg of material.” WASP has produced a printer designed to hold the weight of 20kg when it’s full. The 3MT works with an Automatic Recharge System and a 7-millimeters-diameter nozzle for big clay objects never printed before. It’s also been developed a new clay mixture specially formulated for 3D printing with low risk of collapse.

Art and 3D printing

Massimo Moretti says: “We are interested in Ceramic experimentation to open a window in Sculpture and Contemporary Ceramic. We are very proud of our results. Obviously, it’s the first step of the research process and we will improve the research during the next months."

WASP proves once again to be interested in Arts after many years of collaboration with International Artists. In this occasion will be at the stand the Artist Francesco Pacelli. It will be possible to see some Art Works and a work in progress printed with a Delta WASP 4070. A printer that has achieved a resounding success in Cultural Heritage, such as the recent experience at the Pompeii Archeological Site.

Ceramic art and 3D printing >>

Olfattiva’s perfumes


WASP believes in the promotion of the DIY, in eco-friendly projects and environmentally-aware Companies, so will host into the stand Olfattiva that works with Botanical Perfumery and Aromatherapy.

The two teams have recently worked to create a Limited Ediction of 3D printed porcelain bottles that will contain handmade perfumes with essential oil, produced by Olfattiva.

Olfattiva revalues ancient techniques of distillation and perfume composition, WASP uses tradictional materials such as porcelain to create an innovative and custom made product.

The peach pit

In collaboration with the Massa Lombarda Municipality, it’s started an important project for the development of the local culture. During the event, it will be printed with a Delta WASP 2040 a small model of the ceramic sculpture made for a new traffic circle in Massa Lombarda. L'Enma – “the soul” – a huge peach pit 3D printed in porcelain to represent a symble of the local heritage.


WASP will be in piazza del Popolo - Faenza, from 2nd to 4th September 2016.

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Delta WASP 4070 brings back in Pompeii 28 ancient statues

After the casts exhibited in Canada, Delta WASP 4070 job in Pompeii ruins carries on: 3d printing role is now  fundamental in artworks reproduction.

Twenty-eight ornamental statues exactly reproduced in detail and placed in the houses’ gardens where they formerly were as decorative objects. This is been possible with 3d-printing and Delta WASP 4070, used for one year in Pompeii thanks to the partnership between WASP and the Archaeological Site Authority of Pompeii, Ercolano and Stabia. First, the printer has been used for bodies’ casts from people died in Vesuvio eruption: these works  are frequently sought abroad and have been recently shown in Canada in the exhibition “Pompeii in the shadow of the volcano”, ended in January after a large public success.


The ancient statues reproduction

This second procedure of artworks  reproduction clearly proves innovative and fundamental 3-d printing role in cultural heritage restoration and preservation. “Usually, original artwork pieces can’t remain outside, open-air, because of the acid rains and other natural elements that would seriously damage them - explains Giancarlo Napoli, technical director of Atramentum, the society in charge of this job -. The authentic little statues that decorated Octavio Quartio and Marco Lucrezio houses are conserved in Torino, but now, thanks to 3-d printing, we can admire them again in their original place”.


3d printing: precision and high definition

Even thought the material is different, it’s not easy to realize that the exposed pieces are copies. “Actually nobody notices it”, says Mr. Napoli. “In the restoration interventions - he explains - it’s better to use different materials instead of the same of the original: in the XIX Century using the marble was very common, with the result that, after many years, the authentic part became indistinguishable from the reconstructed part. Also, polyvinyl plastics and resins allow a high definition and detailed reproduction. To take another example, in these days we have just duplicated the skeleton of a skull of the Sannita age, perforated for a kind of surgery, a frequent operation in that period: the result is highly satisfying, a great job”.

Passing over artworks copy regulations

Furthermore, 3d printing allowed to solve a big problem arose with the introduction of a new governmental regulation that bans artworks direct copies, made by contact with silicone rubber, creating a negative to be filled in with the material. “This procedure undoubtedly generates identical copies - says Napoli - but it can actually damage the originals because of the contact, especially detaching the rubber: for this reason it’s been properly forbidden. So now 3-d printing is the only option”.

Technical note: the shapes of the works derive from the 3D scanning of the originals. they are then 3D printed in PET, filled with epoxy resin, and painted with two-component acrylic colors.

DeltaWASP 4070 working in the ruins of Pompei


WASP is taking one week break, then starting again to conclude the building. New researches on materials and system automation coming soon.

Concluded the first part of the work, WASP is taking one week break, before starting again with renewed energy. “We have already proved that two men and one machine can 3d-print a comfortable and healthy shelter with extremely little money. We are very satisfied of the results, even if we know there is still a lot to do”, says Massimo Moretti, WASP founder and creator of Shamballa Technological Village, the place where BigDelta printer, 12 meters high, has been assembled and started. 3d-printing for the first time in the world a soil and straw building, predictably, it’s been hard, extreme in some way, but at the same time incredibly exciting considering the results already achieved.

3d-printing for the first time in the world a soil and straw building, predictably, it’s been hard, extreme in some way, but at the same time incredibly exciting considering the results already achieved.

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Solved problems

The list of the problems faced and constantly solved every day in the experimental camp in Massa Lombarda (Ravenna) is too long: let’s mention some of them. The main goal was to develop an extruder able to lay down scores of mixtures, to verify if the machine mechanism was able to stand a continuous work of material deposit, to solve the problem of the material loading after a significant high, to supervise the extruder during the printing phase, to face printing interruption and recovery, also connected to material pick up, to protect the wall from the rain in case of storms, and more. These are some of the difficulties we faced and solved.


The numbers

Here some data: we printed 270 centimeters of clay and straw wall, 5 meters diameter, using 40 tons of material. Layers are, overall, 135, with an average weight of 300 kilos each; time to create a layer: 20 minutes. Concerning the consumption, we talk about 2 cubic meters water and 200 Kwh. Now, the costs: 32 Euros for the energy, 3 Euros for the water, 10 Euros for the straw, 3 Euros for motor hoe  gasoline: total 48 Euros. Want to save more? Using the feet instead of the machine for kneading, the energy consumption lower by 90%.


Growing fast

“Clay and straw with no additive can be easily printed in 3d - Moretti says -. The period of transformation from liquid to solid  allows to print around 60 centimeters per day, or even more in the summer (maybe one meter per day). Therefore: two men and one machine can 3d-print a comfortable and healthy shelter in a very short time and with really little money”.

Fixed the mixtures, the wall is of high quality. Seen the initial analysis, it can bear strong stress, while the abundance of fiber guarantees its endurance. The relationship between weight and performance originated from clay and straw doesn’t seem to require  additional support for the walls. To avoid the plaster placer mining we used 10% lime.

The second phase

“When the work starts again, we will raise the wall until 4 meters, then we’ll create the door and build the roof. In the future we will test new materials and continue the research on soil and straw - reveals Moretti -. New challenges in the improvement of systems for cheap and fast material preparation are coming. The printer is doing its job and after the last changes in kinematics we will modify something in the extruder too.  The aim is automating the system and giving the machine the possibility  to print a shelter in few days. The goal is just around the corner.


Over 2 meters. And still growing

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Yesterday evening we saw the interesting tv report that SuperQuark dedicated to WASP (VIDEO HERE) and Shamballa project. It’s just a pity that it was recorded so we couldn’t include current images from the camp: the wall, in fact, has already passed the high of 2 meters, and printing is going on.

In moments like these we often remind all the problems we faced every day. For example when we had to change the skids because, for the consumption, they had eroded the machine tool and blocked the work. We had to plan a new skid, but every cloud has a silver lining considering that afterwards the machine doubled the printing speed.


Then, passed 2 meters, we faced new difficulties. To load up we needed to reach at least 3 meters. We tried every kind of pump, but nothing seemed to work: the mixture was too solid to be pumped in. So we bought a scaffolding and an elevator, connected the elevator to the scaffolding and found out that this is the best solution to load the material.

However, there was still a problem: what if the material ends when the extruder is far from the point of loading (and it always happens)? Luckily Dennis worked it out by inserting a position of loading in the firmware and a new command in the machine menu. Pretty easy, right? By pushing the voice “load material” the extruder reaches us in the exact point where we need to load it. Thanks Dennis!

Now we can easily reach 4 meters high. We doubled the printing speed, we removed the blockage in the extruder, we improved the materials. It looks like there are not big difficulties ahead: printing goes on.

Every day a new problem and a new solution

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(ITALIAN) Qui a Shamballa i giorni passano veloci. Ogni giorno un nuovo problema e una nuova soluzione. Ci fa compagnia Radio Paradise, la radio “ufficiale” del cantiere. Ogni tanto qualche curioso del paese si avvicina e non mancano le critiche, tipo “avreste fatto prima col badile e la cazzuola”. La risposta sarebbe facile, “anche chi ha inventato il motore a scoppio avrebbe fatto prima andando a cavallo”, ma sono cose che non si dicono.


Qualche giorno fa, siamo stati assaliti da un momento di depressione, quando dopo avere stampato per un'intera giornata, un acquazzone improvviso e molto violento ha fatto collassare il lavoro appena eseguito. Per alcuni istanti siamo rimasti lì attoniti a guardare il muro che lentamente si afflosciava. L'impressione era che tutto stesse crollando. Eravamo combattuti fra due stati d’animo: restare a osservare l'inevitabile, o agire facendo il possibile. Ben presto il secondo ha preso il sopravvento. Abbiamo cominciato a scavare con le mani la parte superiore della terra che stava collassando, quella zuppa d'acqua (in pratica solo gli ultimi centimetri) ed è parso evidente che il lavoro fatto nei giorni precedenti non avrebbe ceduto. Così abbiamo ritrovato fiducia e lo sconforto ci ha abbandonato. Poi abbiamo ripreso a stampare e siamo andati avanti fino al tramonto per riportare la stampa al livello dei giorni precedenti, sotto lo sguardo severo del muratore di turno che, scuotendo la testa, continuava a ripetere che avremmo fatto prima ad usare il badile e la cazzuola.

La sera, una ricerca su internet ci ha fatto scoprire che già gli antichi Romani erano maestri nel miscelare i materiali per ottenere ottimi impasti. E soprattutto abbiamo capito che un po' di calce, appena il 5% del materiale, sarebbe stata sufficiente a migliorare del 35% la tenuta complessiva. Insomma: dopo aver stampato più di un metro di casa usando solo terra e paglia, ci siamo resi conto di dover lavorare molto di più sullo studio dei materiali. Il nostro approccio troppo garibaldino ci stava portando fuori strada, stavamo utilizzando una macchina iper efficiente e avanzata senza le necessarie conoscenze sui materiali.

Così abbiamo comprato un metro cubo di sabbia e 10 sacchi di calce, che costano 30 euro. Aggiornando i nostri calcoli, abbiamo scoperto che con circa 100 euro si può stampare una casa. Una spesa che rimane decisamente affrontabile, per cui d’ora in poi useremo la calce per migliorare l'impasto. Fermo restando che, come abbiamo dimostrato, anche senza calce il muro può essere costruito.

London, World's first 3d printing restaurant - plates and glasses 3d printed in clay by WASP


 FoodInk - London

FoodInk opened in London the world’s first restaurant completely produced through 3d printers. Tables, chairs, utensils and, above all, food: an immersive additive manufacturing experience. We couldn’t miss this appointment between technology and food, so we left for London with a Delta WASP 2040 and one Clay Kit with us.

Watch the video here >>

Marcio Barradas from FoodInk got in touch with us first, interested in our experience in porcelain 3d-printing. With enthusiasm, we took up the challenge and, in a short time from the opening, we produced an assorted collection of glasses and plates, cooked and glazed, for this technological cuisine’s dishes.


WASP prints clay!

With our Clay Kit you can plan an unlimited assortment of  objects, ready to be printed in porcelain, as you can see in the video below. Our clay extruder works by pressure, the mixture is extruded under control, then it follows the classic ceramic procedure: drying, cooking, glazing.

The event in London

Three dinners in three consecutive evenings, strictly behind closed doors, to an exclusive group of guests that didn’t want to miss this pioneering tasting experience developed  by two brilliant chef, Mateu Blanch and Joel Castanye from the Spanish restaurant La Boscana.


Printing demonstrations, augmented reality and much more for an event that will take place again soon, because the restaurant will also offer 3d traveling dinners. In October, the only Italian date in Rome.

Many personalities met up during the evenings, from Arthur Mamou-Mani, partner of Zaha Hadid, project manager for tables and chairs.

A project that achieved a wide visibility and attracted big media interest. Here we are on Repubblica.it with Cristiano Pesca and Federica Ditta from WASP, that printed for us porcelain plates and glasses with a Delta WASP 2040 printer.

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WASP and 3d-printing in food industry

It’s not the first time WASP is in charge of food: remember our chocolate trials, on pasta, and with aromatic vinegar from Modena.

The wall has exceeded one meter in height , the work is going well ...

Sunday, 24 July 2016 (ITALIAN)

Sul campo di Shamballa è passata una settimana. Il muro ha superato il metro d’altezza, sono state depositate decine di tonnellate di materiale e il lavoro procede bene.

Si tratta prima di tutto di un impegno mentale, un’attività di progettazione a cui segue lo sforzo di alimentare la macchina che, lentamente ma incessantemente, deposita materiale.

Passiamo le giornate a scavare la terra, miscelarla con paglia e acqua per poi gettarla nella molazza. Successivamente, la rovesciamo con dei secchi nell’estrusore. Il tutto accompagnati da compilation musicali o raccolte filosofiche. In questi giorni abbiamo studiato Plotino, abbiamo sposato il pensiero di Meister Eckhart e ci siamo avvicinati alla visione filosofica di Einstein. Abbiamo anche studiato Sant'Agostino d'Ippona, mentre la stampante incessantemente avanzava.


Di tanto in tanto dobbiamo ricordarci d’intervenire, a volte per sbloccare l’estrusore perché siamo a un fine-corsa ma, in generale, il lavoro procede in modo abbastanza lineare. La vera difficoltà è riprendere la stampa. Il terrore di ogni maker è la perdita del lavoro, per noi sarebbe molto doloroso dover ricominciare, dovremmo riprendere una stampa che pesa circa 20 tonnellate, tutte spalate a mano e versate nella struttura secchio dopo secchio. Ma come si dice... l’esigenza aguzza l'ingegno e, fino ad ora, abbiamo ripreso la stampa in vari modi: o intervenendo sul file generato da Grasshopper, dove si possono selezionare i singoli percorsi eseguiti, o utilizzando Resurrection System, la funzione presente nel firmware, o utilizzando il Free Z System. In pratica abbiamo tre sistemi di recupero dei file, quindi non è più una reale difficoltà riprendere la stampa.

Sono apparsi, invece, nuovi problemi. Quello principale è che la stampa tende a ritirarsi perché c'è poca sabbia nell’impasto estruso, quindi la stampa non può restare ferma più di 12 ore e tutti i giorni qualcosa va stampato.

Un altro problema che abbiamo dovuto risolvere è il caricamento del materiale. Quando l'estrusore era in salita, abbiamo infilato dei picchetti di legno nel muro appena stampato, montandogli sopra delle assi per poter salire ulteriormente e riempire l'estrusore oramai arrivato al di sopra dei 2 metri di altezza.

Ieri, mentre lavoravo, è riaffiorato il ricordo del vecchio Bruno, il fabbro di Massa Lombarda che con grande forza di volontà sapeva piegare i metalli. Una volta, armato di una mazza e con la fiamma fece un nodo in una barra di metallo di 25 mm a mano libera. Solo chi ha mai provato a lavorare il metallo può capire cosa può voler dire. Mi piacerebbe tanto trovare quel nodo, fatto con la volontà di Bruno, ma questa è un'altra storia...

Ieri, dicevo, una serie di sassi hanno più volte bloccato la stampa. Probabilmente avevamo impastato troppo materiale. I sassi non sono stati tritati adeguatamente, con il risultato che la macchina si è bloccata ripetutamente e noi, con le mani sporche di fango, ci siamo trovati a dover interrompere la stampa e smontare l'estrusore che si trovava già a un'altezza tale per cui era difficile lavorare... anche se ancora più bello. Inoltre, la tensione della macchina lo deformava, per questo, dopo averla smontata non riuscivamo più a rimontare la testa dell’estrusore. Avremmo dovuto portarlo al centro ma, al centro della struttura non potevamo andare perché non abbiamo ancora fatto la porta e, così, abbiamo saldato l'estrusore, modificandolo, in modo da poterlo rapidamente smontare e rimontare. Ieri abbiamo stampato solo 10 cm di muro ma ora l'estrusore è molto più efficiente, è più facile da smontare.

Questo è il momento più importante, dare forma a un sogno in maniera credibile, è l'innesco, e occorre terminare la stampa, concludere le prime costruzioni, e dare importanza all’estetica. Il bello è necessario perché la futura costruzione sarà un reale polo d’attrazione. Ieri saranno venute 50 persone a trovarci e io ero un po' dispiaciuto del fatto che non potevo parlare con loro perché troppo impegnato a lavorare.

Let’s print together the first adobe building !!

The WASP’s Technological Village is working non-stop these days at the open-air construction site, in Massa Lombarda (Ravenna). We are proceeding with experiments from Monday to Friday whereas during Weekends we plan following activities. Now WASP invites all the Makers and everybody interested to partecipate and actively contribute to the building of the first house entirely printed with eco-friendly, locally found, materials (a mixture of terrain and straw kneaded with a mixing machine and a motor hoe).

The working method is simple: for every problem we look for the best solution. Everyday we are learning more and more, managing small and big problems and trying to solve them. The test we started the last Saturday seems impressive and we have decided to continue to print till the conclusion of the first habitable module.

First experiences have taught us a lot. The mixture of terrain and straw is light and strong. Now we have a 50-centimeter-high wall, extruding more than 400 quintal of material.

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The way now is open and the performance will be finished destroying the prototype, so the raw material will be cultivable again. The keyword of the Technological village is “DIY”. We want to build a new Economy Vision based on a self-sufficient Society able to produce basic requirements in many fields: Housing, Food, Employment, Healthcare, Education and Art.

At the Shamballa Technological Village the BigDelta prints and WASP is organizing open-air workshops inviting all the Makers to partecipate.

During the next days we’ll bring to Shamballa other WASP’s printers. For example the Delta WASP 3MT, a machine able to print plastic pellet or, changing the extruder, semi-fluid materials (such as geopolymers and clay) and, with an other tool, can mill and cut different types of materials.

In fact at the Technological Village we will produce house furnitures and it will be the theme of the first open-air workshop that will start the next Saturday the 23rd July. Who is interested partecipating is welcome to use WASP’s printers. The next workshops, always at weekends, will concentrate on vertical vegetable gardens (aromatic spirals), ceramic plates printing and kilns construction.

Some friends from the FabLab Venezia worked with us some days ago. We invite all the Makers who want to turn dreams into action to come here in Shamballa.

In Shamballa the house continues to Grow ...

Monday, 18 July 2016 16:00

(ITALIAN) Oggi abbiamo ripreso la stampa della prima casa, domenica e lunedì mattina sono trascorsi senza stampare.


Grazie al forte sole di questi giorni, quando abbiamo ripreso la stampa, ci siamo accorti che la parte precedente si era ritirata di alcuni centimetri. Questo ci porta a pensare che in futuro la stampa non potrà mai interrompersi per un tempo superiore a una giornata, ancora meglio sarebbe ipotizzare una stampa continua ma ovviamente questo dipende dal clima.

I primi 2 giorni di lavoro ci hanno fatto comprendere tante cose.


La prima consapevolezza è che l'impasto di terra e paglia è molto robusto e allo stesso tempo leggero, inoltre, il percorso di deposizione messo a punto dà ottimi risultati. Il muro appare solido e la doppia elica interna crea un’armatura che dà la l’idea di essere resistente.

La stampa, che era iniziata come una semplice prova, oramai ci ha preso la mano per questo continuiamo a crescere e a gettare materiale. Fino ad ora siamo arrivati attorno a 50 cm di altezza e abbiamo già preparato più di 400 quintali di materiale.

Il lavoro sotto il sole è sicuramente duro ma anche piacevole, siamo tutti migliorati fisicamente, più abbronzati e robusti. Comprendiamo però che la fatica per costruire una casa con l’aiuto delle sole mani è molta. Certo, se affrontata in un’ottica sportiva potrebbe anche essere divertente, tuttavia stiamo pensando di inserire dei sistemi di pompaggio del materiale. Il problema principale, infatti, è caricare l'estrusore con i materiali.

Abbiamo quindi preparato diversi sistemi di pompaggio. Il primo consiste in una pompa a vite, normalmente utilizzata nel settore edile. Il secondo è una pompa di movimento, usata di solito per trasportare i purè di frutta nell’agroalimentare. Si trova già al campo ed è pronto per essere testato. Ora dobbiamo montare un tubo che porti il materiale dalla pompa all’estrusore, dovrà essere sospeso, quindi adeguatamente posizionato dato che quando sarà pieno di materiale diventerà molto pesante.

C'è anche un altro problema da considerare, le perdite all'interno del tubo. Un materiale composto di argilla e paglia è veramente difficile da trasferire perché tende ad aderire ovunque, è sostanzialmente una colla, si attacca persino alle mani. Se anche l'avessimo in un bidone non uscirebbe e rimarrebbe aggrappato alle pareti... andrebbe estratto con le dita raschiandone il fondo. Ora, quello stesso materiale va fatto passare all'interno di un tubo e genererà degli attriti che, moltiplicati per i metri di lunghezza del tubo, porterà a delle dispersioni di energia notevoli.

Questa problematica, ora più che mai, ci appare chiara. Acquisteremo quindi dei tubi di grosso diametro per evitare gli attriti interni, anche se un progetto che possa liberarci dal sistema di pompaggio sta prendendo forma. In primo luogo il problema della pompa è il costo, per queste dimensioni se realizzata su misura va dai 6000€ ai 20000€. Utilizzando un montacarichi e una tramoggia è possibile sollevare il materiale sfruttando molta meno energia e con un costo irrisorio. Un buon montacarichi costa poche centinaia di euro, quindi stiamo valutando l'idea di posizionare un motoriduttore sul montacarichi per estrudere il materiale direttamente dentro la coclea di deposizione. L'idea è di arrampicarsi sulla macchina per attaccare tre catene che convergano al centro, a un’altezza di 12 metri, e di agganciarvi il montacarichi. Con quest’ultimo potremmo sollevare una tramoggia contenente il materiale. Il sistema di motoriduttore posizionato sulla coclea permette di lasciar cadere il materiale necessario nell’ugello durante la stampa.

Uno dei problemi è che anche ieri mi sono spezzato l’unghia di un piede e non so come fare ad arrampicarmi sulla macchina, ma troverò il sistema.

Oggi più che mai le variabili sono tante al campo. Nei prossimi giorni porteremo le macchine di medie dimensioni, le Delta WASP 3MT.


Ancora non ci sono le tende e il sole batte forte. A volte il vento, che ha già strappato i precedenti tendaggi, ci fa capire come le case siano indispensabili per dare continuità al lavoro. Il nostro progetto è basato su un campo all'aperto che si autoproduce, dobbiamo trovare l’approccio necessario. Le tende sembrano essere una soluzione valida, stiamo cercando i materiali giusti, penso che nei prossimi giorni inizieremo a cucirle personalmente perché acquistarle su misura è molto costoso e, solo dopo aver costruito il tendaggio puoi capire se le scelte tecniche sono buone. Abbiamo già acquistato due tende per un valore di €1200 e ci siamo resi conto che non funzionano adeguatamente, il vento, il sole che gira attorno e la pioggia sono variabili che si possono comprendere solo sul campo.

Experimentation started at the Technological Village of Shamballa

We have started to experiment with the huge  BigDelta WASP 12MT  in della Cooperazione road - Massa Lombarda (RA).

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The Milanese FabLab Opendot and WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) are offering a professional course that will focus on all aspects of BIG 3D designs. Participants will learn how to design models for extra-large printers (with an operational volume of one cubic meter); they can be used to print chairs, lamps, toys, tools and accessory items that would otherwise be impossible….

3D Summer School organized by Opendot in collaboration with Gianluca Pugliese, WASP, Alessandro Ranellucci / Slic3r, Dario Pizzigoni / TreeD Filaments

18-22 July 2016

c/o BASE Milano, via Bergognone 34

VINEGRAAL put into production with Delta 20 40 by WASP

Thanks to the achievement of the goal in the Kickstarter campaign, the production of 500 Celebratory Kit of  Aceto Balsamico di Modena started.

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 3D Printed Collection Bottles to celebrate 50 years of the Coterie

Vinegraal is a porcelain Bottle 3D printed with the Delta WASP 2040. It has been designed to celebrate a very important anniversary: 50 years of the Spilamberto’s Coterie, the Association that defends the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

The project >>

The evolution of the project >>

WASP at AM SHOW EUROPE in Amsterdam

Our Stand with elements 3D printed with Delta WASP 3MT pellet , Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016, the trade fair for the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry in Amsterdam.

 ...But perhaps the most remarkable of all the large scale 3D printers on display in Amsterdam was the Delta WASP 3MT, 3D printer by Italian 3D printing pioneers WASP


Read the report from Amsterdam on large 3D printers by 3Ders.org  >>

Confindustria-Ravenna visits WASP

Company visit in WASP to present Shamballa, the new Technological Village of Massa Lombarda, an eco-friendly village that will be an important research station focused on 3D printing.

After the first meeting in Confindustria, when Massimo Moretti spoke about the Big Delta WASP, the 12-metres-high 3D printer, and showed the Delta WASP 2040 (a smaller 3D printer) describing how the project was born.

The event has been organized by Romagna Executive Education, the business school of Sestante and Confindustria Ravenna.

Lelio Leoncini

Lelio Leoncini of WASP Med team recounts the 3D Orthopedics

Scoliosis is the black beast of Orthopedics. 3D Printing permits to make great strides to perfect the current method of acquisition and production, offering a better cure for the body dysmorphia.

Lelio Leoncini, Surgeon specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is fully convinced about this and since December 2014 he has been working with a Delta WASP 4070, experimenting orthopedic corsets.

As is known, corsets are the only one way scientifically-proven to cure vertebral dysmorphia. "First of all I looked for an instrument (Rasterstereografia-Formetric 3D) that permits to constantly supervise without X-ray examinations the evolution of scoliosis - says Lelio - This experience made me able to identify the critical points of orthopedic corsets and their effectiveness, and it was an incentive to search for new technological solutions".

Which advantages we can find using a CAD-CAM System and 3D printing compared with the current method with a plaster cast?

CAD-CAM acquisitions: low costs infrared sensors; simultaneous acquisition of all the torso in half a second with the possibility to make corrections in this phase; possibility to work in the dark; acquisition space reduction; a more accurate system with the possibility to better control corrective actions; modeling in 30 minutes; disposal of plaster cast.

3D Printing: no waste and possibility for recycle corsets; the possibility to post-modeling corsets; low costs; low weight; elimination or reduction of armors; to improve the aesthetic quality.

"Corsets have to be accurate for a good therapy - says Leoncini - It's indispensable to know the biomechanics of the rachis and corrective principles of the Torso orthoses. The synergy between the Medical Doctor and the Orthopedist is necessary (...) and also the digitalization of the orthopedic workshops".

Lelio is sure that the medical environment needs always a technology implementation. "I've always been interested in technology. (...) Medicine is a science and (...) there is always the possibility to develop. The innovation is the right instrument to cut down barriers and give opportunities to disadvantaged people".

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Flower Artist

Vases designed by flowers. It's the original project by Gianluca Pugliese, a maker that has collaborated with WASP for many years.

(You can find more information about the previous project - Light Extruder - here).

Flower Artist, quando la tecnologia fa della natura un'artista

Gianluca, a.k.a. Owen, in May 13th partecipated with a Delta WASP 2040 to the Sonar+D, an important Spanish Fair about Music and Innovation.

Flower Artist, quando la tecnologia fa della natura un'artista

Gianluca says: "The name of my project is Flower Artist, the concept is simple flowers design their own vases. You have a vase with a flower, with an Arduino and some sensors (for humidity, temperature, light, fluid level...) you can measure the plant values in a particular moment; the computer model the vase depending on that values. Light defines the high of the vase, humidity the width, ecc."

The project has been exposed during the Fair in Madrid. During the event Felipe VI, King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, King Emeritus and Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid visited the stand.

King of Spain Felipe VI looks at a Deltawasp 2040 during the 3DF printing
King of Spain Felipe VI looks at a Delta WASP 2040 during the 3DF printing

We are very proud of this work!

Flower Artist, quando la tecnologia fa della natura un'artista.