3d printing of the pop-up store wall for Dior with Crane WASP

WASP joins Autodesk Technology Centers program

Great start of 2022 for WASP, we are joining Autodesk Technology Centers program! 
The Autodesk Technology Centers in San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, and Birmingham, UK, brings together industry, academic, and entrepreneurial communities to create a shared vision of the future of making. In these spaces, they help bring to life solutions that enable people to turn ideas into realities and shape a innovation.

WASP is joining as a satellite resident team to create a channel of information between the Autodesk Technology Centers Outsight Network and WASP headquarters in Ravenna, Italy. This cooperation will enable WASP to explore the horizons of 3D printing construction with the industry-leading solutions developed by Autodesk.


WASP has been developing technologies for 3D printing sustainable housing since 2012 by printing with natural materials, such as soil and natural fibers. Crane WASP is the modular 3D printer that processes these materials, shaping the future of housing. 

3d printing of the pop-up store wall for Dior with Crane WASP

The diverse community of current and former residents, customers, industry, colleges and universities, start-ups, and experts within Autodesk will support the WASP R&D team through valuable connections from the Outsight Network to inform on how to explore, develop and test new opportunities.

PEEK pellet 3d printing - WASP

WASP's new 3D printer prints medical-grade PEEK from pellet

Healthcare has always been a huge branch of the applications for additive manufacturing since its beginning. This sector is showing us how tangibly 3D printing can improve our lives but also challenging every new technology and inspiring innovation.

In this context, WASP is proud to unveil the results of its work on printing medical-grade PEEK from pellets with a brand new line of 3D printers: Delta WASP Tech line.

PEEK pellet 3d printing

Printing medical-grade PEEK makes possible to realize implants from digital designs with a material that has uncomparable performances at a relatively low-cost. This is something that can revolutionize the field of implants.

The idea of printing the PEEK implants from pellets came from the long research carried on with Dr. Villiam Dallolio on the creation of cranial prosthesis with 3D printers.

Tests show how the resistance of the prosthesis is outstanding with an extraordinary lightness. The prosthesis after the print can be also processed with annealing at 200°C in the oven to improve even more the mechanical performances.

For the future WASP is working on the complete system complete with software, printer, and material to produce the prosthesis from the CT of the patient everywhere in the world.

Another step closer to a world where technology meets basic human needs: WASP's philosophy.

Add-on Blender 2.8 course: digital manufacturing for the medical sector

Add-on Blender 2.8 course: digital manufacturing for the medical sector

WASP organizes a 3D modeling course for Blender 2.8 dedicated to the medical world, in particular to the specific medical add-on developed by WASP Med. The course is designed for orthopedic professionals and 3D modellers who want to learn how to use this digital fabrication tool during their daily work.

Add-on Blender 2.8 course – digital manufacturing for the medical sector

Our course will take place in September on following dates 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th. We’ve organized 4 days dedicated to the basic and advanced knowledge the proper one you need to have to use our WASP Med Add-on Blender 2.8. This Add-on is the important result of a year work of WASP Med team in the digital orthopedics sector development. The course will be organized for a maximum of 12 participants and a minimum of 5 to ensure a good teaching result and a one-to-one verticality.

Every day will be divided into 2 parts:

  • 4 hours in the morning with theoretical lesson with Prof. Zomparelli
  • 4 hours in the afternoon with practice together with the two WASP tutors.

It will be translated in English.



PROGRAM Blender Course 2.8

h 09.00 – meeting
h 09.15 – lesson
h 11.00 – coffee break
h 11.15 – lesson
h 13.00 – lunch
h 14.00 – practices
h 18.00 – end lessons


Organic vs mechanical modeling
Modeling of low-poly parts
Bridging, extrusions, erasing and moving faces


Mesh import and scans
Modify and manage an imported mesh
Use of modifiers for anatomical adaptation


Add-on step-by-step use with details
Study of the functions inside Add-on in Blender 2.8
Modify the mesh that comes out from the Add-on with additional functions


Specific cases based on participants’ feedbacks
Workflows’ creation

Blender Course 2.8: useful info

On September 13th, 14th and 27th the course will take place in Bologna, in a location easily accessible from the train station. On September 28th, it will take place at WASP in Massa Lombarda where some practical aspects of 3D printing will be tested. The course includes 32 lesson hours + 15 assignment hours at home, for a total of 47 hours.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEZ6PulqPnQ


Alessandro Zomparelli

Since 2011 he has been member of Co-de-iT, his background in Engineering and Architectural fields drove him to explore the opportunities of computational design in combination with 3D printing technologies at different scales, from architecture to human body. He is busy with both speculative and commercial projects, from masks to prostheses, fashion accessories to medical products.

Since 2015 he has been  author and developer of Tissue, an open-source add-on for Blender with the aim to introduce specific Computational Design workflow, like surface tessellations, without the need of nodes or programming skills. 

He is currently Contract Professor at Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and at Istituto Marangoni (Milan), where he teaches digital design techniques for product design. He is also tutor in several international workshops about computational design strategies in Architecture and Product Design.



The course costs only Euro 1.200 + VAT (22%)

If you are interested to join the course please register by filling-in the below form (send your application as soon as possible because it closes on reaching the 12 participants).

You will receive a Proforma form with correct due amount and bank details for the bank wire transfer then.
Bank details: IBAN: IT21O0854267570023000095117
Transfer reason: Add-on Blender 2.8 course: digital manufacturing for the medical sector. The registration will be confirmed you by email upon receipt of payment.


WHAT: Add-on Blender 2.8 course: digital manufacturing for the medical sector

WHEN: on 13th – 14th – 27th – 28th September 2019, from 9 a.m to 6 p.m

WHERE: Bologna & Massa Lombarda, (WASP).

TARGET: orthopedic technicians, medical professionals, students

BRING WITH YOU: your laptop.

For this edition registrations are closed.

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    Story of a 3D printed prosthesis

    CAD Ortopedia tells us how they printed a prosthesis for Mr.P

    Today we're pleased to present you a case study of a member of WASP Med team, a work by CAD Ortopedia with a patient amputated on the leg.
    The work is an interesting application of 3D printing in the creation of a leg prosthesis, with a peculiar mixed technique between traditional and digital.

    Patient situation

    "Mr.P, transfemoral amputated, presents various issues in his actual socket. For this reason, his movement possibilities are compromised: painful zones of hyper pressure, zones discontinuity, that lead to an important variation in terms of volume and dimensions of the stump during the arc of the day.

    Acquiring of the shape, correction and realization of the prosthesis

    His stump has been scanned with the help of a structured-light metrology scanner. The data has been elaborated with the software by our informatical technician and orthopedic technician.
    Suddenly we went on with the prototyping of a trial socket in PLA, a very thin one and with just two shells, so super light. This socket presented also holes in all the shape, allowing in the measurement phase a more accurate and proper evaluation. Starting from this analysis we developed a socket in silicon that followed the modifications and the fixtures studied thanks to the 3D printed product.

    With this approach, the issues expressed before went reducing in the days, and eventually the disappeared completely. The walking has definitely improved and the stump is visibly more tonic.

    Considerations on the process

    This experience is interesting because today there isn't a real tested method for these kind of situations. Usually the problem is solved realizing a lot of different trial sockets that are modified until you don't get to the solution. Clearly this method required a lot of time and work for the measurements and the tests.
    The use of 3D printing and scanning reduces a lot the time of measurement, production of the socket. Also the PLA being easily thermoformable helps a lot in the adjustments.
    Finally part of the work is done by the machine and not by a person, saving time for the production and focusing the attention of the technician in the phase of the test."

    Cranial prosthesis is improved with 3D printing

    The innovative work of Dr. Villiam Dallolio

    Each year, only in Italy, almost 2000 cranial prosthesis are realized for operations of cranioplasty.
    These operations, complex for their nature, are remarkable for an high failure percentage typically due to the raw manual techniques of realization of the prosthesis.
    Today with additive manufacturing we already can create custom prosthesis. Even if some structures in Italy already have them in use they are still a weak solution for their costs and time not appropriate for the operating room.
    Here is were enters the work of Dr. Villiam Dallolio, a neurosurgeon based in Lecco, Italy.
    Since 1999 he's been experimenting to reduce the distance between 3D printing and Neurosurgery.


    An indirect process

    The key point of the process developed is in the radical change of approach.
    The idea is not fabricating directly the prosthesis with the 3D printer, with unsustainable costs and times, but thinking of a system that allows designing out of the operating room in an optimized process concluded by the realization of a scaffold(negative).
    The starting point is a TC of the patient that can be translated with appropriate software in an high-fidelity 3D model. From here starts the modeling of the cranial prosthesis(positive) thanks to systems of mirroring and joining. In this phase we can think about the integration of some features. One example is the predisposition for the metal tabs. Another is designing a shape that can fix the muscular atrophy typical of many clinical cases.
    From this shape, we model out the scaffold(negative) in which the material with be cast.
    The scaffold, in certified material, is sterilized in the autoclave during the operation and allows the casing of bone cement. The strength of the system is the maintenance of the exact shape designed with the CAD.

    Advantages of the system

    With this method, the operation is faster and reduces a lot the risk of unfitting for the prosthesis thanks to the superior digital design.
    The final material is bone cement that maintains all his wonderful properties, it's easily available and already respects all the certifications.
    The aim of the work is to replace gradually all the obsolete system today in use with this convenient technique that would radically improve the approach in the operations of cranioplasty.


    Today Dr. Dallolio's team is already providing the possibility to create cranial prosthesis with digital designing with the use of 3D printers and negative molds in silicone. Clearly is something not comparable to the convenience of the system described above, but is an half way.
    Perspectives are wide and interesting, most of all because this kind of system would be suitable for every kind of implantable bone prosthesis, not only the ones for the skull.
    The scaffold system is opening up to a whole new scenery in the surgery of tomorrow.

    The orthopedic corset 3D printed in polypropylene

    Lelio Leoncini marks again a standard in the digital corset

    2018 could really be the year of the explosion of 3D printing in the orthopedical field.
    A lot of professionals are starting to work, reinventing their work in the direction of digital fabrication.
    However there's someone marking the road of the innovation, this one is Dr. Lelio Leoncini that since 2014 is experimenting and creating digital solutions in his field of competence: physical medicine and rehabilitation.
    Since then together a deep friendship and collaboration started with WASP and brought to great results.
    In 2016 the web went crazy for this video showing the first generations of 3D printed corsets created by Dr. Leoncini, an unexpected application for 3D printing at the time.
    With his peculiar determination and creativity, in these years the idea of creating new solutions for scoliosis has become each day more concrete and credible and taking shape in the creation of the Digital Orthopedic Laboratory.
    Above all the main innovation has been the developing of the polypropylene.

    The turning point of polypropylene

    Who fabricates orthopedic corsets knows well how important is the material used. The consistency that defines the corrective pushes and the resistance that prevents the object from breaking. Not least the possibility to work on it easily.
    In these years the research on the right material hasn't been easy: every solution, compared to the polypropylene traditionally in use was too rigid or too flexible and always too fragile.
    A fragility that you can't afford when realizing an orthesis that has to last years.
    A long work that featured TreeD filaments, Dr. Leoncini and WASP  brought to a radical turning point: the polypropylene.
    Who works in 3D printing knows that for a long time this material has been considered "impossible to print" decently due to its peculiar behavior during the deposition and for the difficult adhesion to the bed.
    In time a lot of plastic producers tried to develop their version of the material with compositions that made it easier to print but with disappointing mechanical performances comparing to the injection molded.
    The real result has been that usually people tried to replace it with materials familiar to the world of 3D printing(ABS, nylon, PLA) settling for the offered solutions.

    In 2017 from a long experimentation a new material was born, a real polypropylene developed by TreeD filaments that in the tests was found to be at the same time compatible with the printing and ensuring mechanical performances up to 95% similar to the injection molded polypropylene.
    Even if it's not in the category of  "easy-printable" materials is now possible to create stunning stuff.
    Furthermore, it allows the professionals in the world of orthopedy to work with a familiar material, robust, easy to finish, just good.

    New busts for impossible cases

    Another field of research was designing at 360° over the traditional limits.
    Thanks to digital fabrication it was possible to create custom solutions to patients with more complex situations for example corsets with very complex shapes or with the necessity of support even in the head.
    The 4 column scannin system has demonstrated to be the best way of acquiring anatomies for children, for people with difficulties in breathing, for the ones with compromised moving.
    Everyday these technologies seems to open up to new applications.
    By the time the tools and the knowledge are moving forward fast. Every year printing time reduces and the quality of the products increases.

    Today many professionals working in orthopedy are getting close to the world of digital fabrication, a world that attracts and has a lot of space for experimentation.
    The hope is seeing in next years the results of the long work that is creating a culture of the new technologies in the world of orthopedy.
    This is surely a challenge but one that is worth accepting.