The prostheses for syrian children are printed in 3d

Active in Damascus a laboratory donated by AMAR, WASP and Arche 3D

The little Syrian seems perplexed, maybe he doesn't understand well what's going on. Then he sees the colored artificial limb that was applied him in place of the missing right arm and his face lights up in a smile that warms our heart.

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Yasser Al Khaled is trying his 3d printed arm
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Yasser Alkaled and 3d scanning

This is one of the first 3D printed prostheses in the laboratory that the association AMAR Costruire Solidarietà Reggio Emilia, WASP and Arche 3D WASP Hub Mantova donated to the University of Damascus.

"Who knows - says Massimo Moretti, CEO of WASP - maybe that child lost his arm
just because of an Italian anti-man mine. Now he knows that not only weapons are produced in Italy
”.

Yasser Alkaled e la scansione 3d

All stages of the birth of the 3D prosthesis laboratory in Syria

More than year ago Jean Bassmaji, a Syrian cardiologist who has been living in Reggio Emilia for several years,together with Carlo Masgoutiere from Arche 3D, arrived at WASP headquarters with a very special request.
Jean is the founder of AMAR, an association created to help his people plagued by wars. He learned that among WASP product there is the Digital Orthopedic Laboratory and came at WASP to ask for a discount on the purchase of a Digital Orthopedic Laboratory to install in Syria. Jean was amazed and touched when Moretti, in a rush, decided to offer the whole Orthopedic Laboratory perfectly equipped free of charge for the Damascus university - The offer includes ng both the printers and the training necessary to realize prosthesis.

Further to this first meeting a feverish work starts in order to produce deliver and install the laboratory in Syria . The relations with Damascus to involve the University are soon created, but the obstacles met during the path were innumerable. For example, it was necessary to create the proper conditions to have the machines safely shipped to Syria by ship. Meanwhile Professor Firas Al-Hinnawy (Faculty of Medical Bioengineering - University of Damascus), was in Italy, at the WASP headquarters, to attend a training course that allowed him to transfer the necessary knowledge of how to use 3d printers at best, to his students.

The laboratory with WASP 3D printers at the University of Damascus in Syria

WASP in Siria - Consegna laboratorio di protesi in 3d al prof Firas

For more than one month we have had a Delta WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL and a Delta WASP 2040 PRO, plus a scanner, a pc, a monitor and some technical materials, that form the equipment of the laboratory at the university campus in Damascus. Here people work to give relief to hundreds of about 50 thousand mutilated in the country. Together with Jean Bassmaji, Carlo Masgoutiere went personally to Syria for about ten days and contributed to the further training of students and professors.

WASP in Siria - Studenti al lavoro nel laboratorio di protesi in 3d a Damasco

Carlo returned enthusiastically: "There is great excitement - we were welcomed with all the honors. Now the goal is to train as many people as possible and make more and more sophisticated prostheses. The exchange of knowledge is virtuous. For example, a Syrian girl has already developed a system with ten movements, which are stored on the existing arm and transferred to the mutilated part”.

"The two bases of the bridge have been laid - adds Massimo Moretti - Now groups of people so far apart can give shape to the same thoughts. What is planned in Damascus can be materialize in Italy and vice versa, without problems of borders and checkpoints".

Students and teachers at work to give relief to war victims

"Finally, our dream has become reality," says Jean Bassmaji enthusiastically. "The Orthopedic laboratory for Syrian mutilated people has been installed at the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Damascus. Here about ten students (mostly women) are working and four teachers every day. In Syria we met a country exhausted after nine years of war. But Syria is also tenacious and full of hope. The population is friendly and hospitable. But our work is certainly not finished yet: the laboratory must grow and become more and more a scientific reference point, as well as a human goal".

Thanks are due to all who have concretely supported the AMAR, WASP and Arche 3D project. In particular the Boorea social cooperative, the Reggio Emilia’s Arci circles, the artist Sergio Fermariello and many private people from Reggio Emilia, Chieti, Mantua, Naples and Lauria (Potenza).


THE NEW INDUSTRIAL LINE 4.0

WASP ANNOUNCES THE NEW INDUSTRIAL 4.0 LINE

“Your material, your dimension, our mission”

Versatility, ease of use, productivity. These are the concepts that have guided the development of WASP 3D printers since the beginning and which characterize even more clearly the new Delta WASP INDUSTRIAL Line 4.0.

It is not easy to combine versatility and ease of use, but this is the request coming from an increasingly demanding market and it is a challenge that WASP has accepted to face, ensuring on the one hand the possibility of using more and more technical materials and printing larger and larger sizes, on the other hand WASP has paid much attention to the user, introducing a series of product features that make the new printers even more user-friendly and intuitive: touch screen, on-board video tutorials, self-calibration, family feeling, remote assistance.

A novelty of the new line compared to the previous industrial line is the entry of the smallest printer, the Delta WASP 2040 INDUSTRIAL 4.0 into the family. It goes alongside with the Delta WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL 4.0 and the Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0.

The new User interface allows a better user experience across the entire WASP product line; the Video tutorial on board guides the user as a sort of assistant coach on board of the machine; the Wifi module for remote control of the printer and for compatibility with Industry 4.0 allows you to manage the entire printing process from your computer; the Live view camera allows remote inspection of the current print and time-laps; the Multicore automatic extruder recognition is a system that recognizes which extruder is mounted on the printer and automatically makes the setting; the Auto calibration system is a function of the extrusion system chosen and installed on the printer. Finally, the new WASP machines allow a printing Via Usb, not only with Sd Card.

As for the third driving factor of the new INDUSTRIAL 4.0 line, that is productivity, the WASP printers continue to offer to the market essential characteristics like: high printing speeds, high reliability, high quality and the possibility of using technical materials. Of course, the highly appreciated rescue system of the work done, remains in all the machines: End-filament sensor, Free-Z-System(cc), Resurrection System(cc).


3D printed Mannequins at FAB14

3D printed mannequins at the main event of FAB14

At FAB14 2018, WASP Hub Madrid, in collaboration with FABRICADEMY, presents the first series of mannequins 3D printed with the Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL using the pellet extruder, a technology that could print a single mannequin just in 3 hours.

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Digital manufacturing and innovation. Fab14 is the international event during which every year over 1200 FabLab, coming from various parts of the world, meet to discuss and share the results achieved so far thanks to their research and their experiments. It is also an opportunity to create important collaborations for the future.

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After the opening event held in Paris, the FabCitySummit, this year Fab14, unfolds in different stages and locations in France, which have been chosen according to the issues addressed: agriculture and food, ecology, economy, education, energy , mobility, science and research, solidarity, until the "main event" in Toulouse, from 16 to 22 July, which will be dedicated to digital manufacturing.

The mannequins with the FABRICADEMY's leaders are exhibited both at the inaugural event in Paris and at the closing event in Toulouse, where on July 20 and 21, Gianluca Pugliese of WASP Iberia will be present.

The Delta WASP 3 MT is a multi-tools printer that allows you to create objects in complete freedom. It can be equipped with several extruders and in this specific case, the pellet extruder (the one which prints directly from granes) was used

For information: info@wasp3d.es

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The first 3d printed Scenography

WASP has printed the scenery of the play "Fra Diavolo", of the “Opera” Theater in Roma.

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3d Printing at “Opera” Theatre in Rome

A 3d printed scenography for a theatre play. Perhaps it's the first time it happens; for sure there are no similar examples in the other national theater fittings: 3d printing has been used to create masks and furniture components, never an impressive scenic stage.  It happens in Rome, for the Daniel Auber's "Fra Diavolo" play, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, conductor Rory McDonald, on stage at the Opera Theater on October 8, 2017, in replica until 21: WASP is proud to be a technology partner of this event.

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WASP has mounted a Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL next to the entrance of the Roman Opera. The big printer will be there working until the "first" Sunday of October (8th) , and the WASP engineers will feature in  the 3D printing  of a statue representing the Fra Diavolo character (on a scale 1:1).

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When Art generates job and products further to Industry inspiration

"We are sure," said Carlo Fuortes, "that what we experienced  for the first time how to performe a scene in  the technique of the future: 3d print. Moreover, the story of theatrical performance has always been a story of inventions and  experimentation of techniques and materials. Today 3d printing is already present in all design work but also in building elements in various productive areas. Here, for the first time, thanks to WASP's commitment and work, it is employed to build the scenery of a lyric".

"The challenge presented to us by the Opera Theater was a very risky-one - said  Massimo Moretti, WASP founder, during the conference - It had never happened that 3d printing was applied to such a large size project. The plastic we normally use to print has a huge cost when used to produce the 1500 Kg of the scenery. So we decided to  turn to a cheaper material, one  that, when the scenery will no longer be used, can be easily recycled, shredded and reused for a new and different work. For this job at first we rented a shed near our home, now this shed is ours and we are the only 3d printing company able to produce very large objects. This is the case of Fra Diavolo, where art is dragging the industry and opening up new creations and new job opportunities. "

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The first 3d printed scenography

When asked to make the scene of the work, the WASP team was surprised, but as it always happens, it immediately accepted the challenge. The works started in mid-April and have ended in mid-July, with the delivery of the scenic components to the Roman Theater.

The venture started when the scenographer gave Wasp a 3d printed model of two deformed historic buildings, two large facades with windows and terraces, similar to a Dalí picture: the deformed perception of reality is a central element of the work, which necessarily reflects also in its scenographic structure. The director, supported by Rome's Superintendent, Carlo Fuortes, who is deeply confident in using 3d printing for studio and stage design, has chosen the 3d printing as the best possible solutions to achieve the desired result.

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The 3d model was a unit block, and it had to be subdivided into 223 pieces that could fit into the Delta WASP 3MT print size, which is a 1 meter x 1 meter cylinder. The material used is PLA colored of white pigment. To tackle the work, the WASP team has used 5 printers, working at full speed during the last three months in the new warehouse where this out of the ordinary project, has been planned and realised.

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The biggest challenge was not to overtake the deadline. Thanks to a good work planning and to the speed of the WASP machines, the result came without any special problems at the set deadline: in mid-July the warehouse-floor was completely filled with pieces of the scenography, ready to be sent to Rome.

In the capital, within the spaces of the Opera House, the components were assembled and fixed on a wooden carrying structure. A few small inaccuracies did not compromise the outcome, on the contrary they emphasized the craftsmanship and the special character of the work, and the director welcomed the final result with great satisfaction. It was a test, an experiment, and a successful achievement that could pave the way for new future collaboration between theatre and 3d printing industry.

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Giorgio Barbiero Corsetti interview:


One Hand for Syria: 3D printed prosthetic limbs for Damascus University

Arche 3d as a WASP hub thanks to the connection with the cardiologist Jean Bassmaji president of AMAR, the association of Reggio Emilia that deals with humanitarian aid for Syria has produced a collaboration. The aim is to set up a laboratory for manufacture of higher artificial limbs at the Damascus University of Mechanical Engineering in the course of Bio Medical Engineering. The purpose is to design, produce and distribute arts or parts of them to war mutilates for free and without distinction of age, sex, ethnicity or religion .

The laboratory consists of two 3D printers Delta WASP 2040 TURBO2 and a 3D scanner offered by the WASP company.

The project is based on a consolidated process of the application of the new digital manufacturing technologies through several steps:

  • the scanning of the stump of the amputee,
  • the digital data processing,
  • the possible modification of project files already elaborated for the correct sizing or for the different dysfunction,
  • the 3d printing of the same arts and the subsequent composition of the same.

PROJECT ONE HAND FOR SYRIA: 3d printed prosthetic limbs for Damascus University.

Material: PLA / ADVANCED WASP MATERIALS

Type: modular

3d Printer: Delta WASP 2040 TURBO2

Scanner: 3D sense

The AMAR association is committed to supporting the cost of materials needed for a calendar year. Any assistance and advice related to the equipment provided and possibly a training course via SKYPE will be carried out by Arche 3D. They will also eventually will undertake to process the data retrieved from the University and to support the project even remotely by sending the files to be printed or by sending the projects in order to make the operation more effective.

In parallel, an online database will be created and shared for the cases addressed in so as to have easier access to various types of possible cases of amputation and therefore an optimized response over time and in the design modalities in order to make the process better is faster.

Arche is already in contact with the University to develop an online layout of the possible laboratory, which will be effectively active once the machines arrive at their destination, expected for the month of May, following an on-site visit by part of the Di Arche 3d team and Dr. Bassmaji.

The aim of the project is to produce as many prosthetics as possible, at full capacity it is possible to structure two per day, one per printer, which is to train and disseminate knowledge on the use of additive manufacturing technologies and digital design, for the possibility with the same machines and the same process of designing and producing objects and components useful to humankind.

PARTNERSHIP: Comune di Reggio Emilia, Comune di Mantova, Fondazione Mondinsieme, Associazione AMAR, WASP, Arche 3d, Creative Lab, Università di Damasco, Fab Lab Mantova, HelpyTechnology, NUR.


FROM LONDON THE NO LIMITS PARALIMPIC ATHLETE

The Porzio and WASP medical skills meet to project innovative solutions with 3d printing.

Live and love your Limitless Life is Fabio Secci' mantra, surf paralimpic athlete  who learned how to face up to his life challanges with passion and tenacity. On 4 May, from London, he came to the orthopedic company Porzio in Udine for the design of a prosthesis he himself describes as an "artwork", whose father is the engineer Marco Avaro. In less than 18 hours, the Porzio team developed a lightweight (less than 800gr) prosthesis with a complex shape, totally 3D printed (including headphone parts) with a Delta WASP 4070 printer.

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"I am totally satisfied with the result," Marco Avaro says, "it took less than 18 hours to achieve an absolutely perfect extension, characterized by extreme sturdiness thanks to a new conception filament".

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With this new prosthesis on May 29, the athlete, Fabio Secci, has been very successful at his first Triathlon held at Dorney Lake, UK (where the Olympic Games took place in 2012), fulfilling 400 meters of swimming, 10 km of bike and 2,5 km of racing. The upcoming competitions where the new extension is going to be tested are many, including the tough mudder, 10km hurdles where the athlete aims to cut the finish line along with other adaptive athletes like him.

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Fabio Secci was the first Sardinian to represent Italy in the stand category at the International Surfing World Championship in California in 2016. He is an instructor for Adaptive Wakeboarders in wakeplus and wakeupdocklands. With the purpose of transmitting his love for sport, he founded F-Yourlimit in London, a project that aims to introduce new adaptive athletes to the Water Sports world with the purpose of helping them to push beyond their limit simply trying to live a life in harmony with themselves and their own body. In addition, this project aims to support the research on innovation and development in sport field.

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Fabio's mission is linked to the new 4.0 route, undertaken by Porzio with the introduction of the five PorzioLAB 3D printers by WASP, a leading company that designs and produces 3D printers entirely made in Italy.

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Sardinia Wakeboarding from fabio secci on Vimeo.

For further information:

Alessia Siega – Marketing Porzio Group

a.siega@porziogroup.it - 0432 1890930

www.porziogroup.it

Press office WASP

press@3dwasp.com


3d printed street furniture

WASP gives a soul “l’anma” to its town

Now the 3D printed sculpture of the big peach-stone covered with golden foils is in the middle of the new roundabout just outside Massa Lombarda center

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“All right, we can offer you a place where to test and experience your 3d-projects. We hope that this place will become, in a near future, a true virtual fabrication technological village. In return, would you like to do something for the community?”. We could do nothing but saying “yes” to this request risen more than one year ago by Daniele Bassi, Massa Lombarda’s Mayor. “We are planning a new rotary just outside the city-center at the beginning of Zaganelli road; a 3d printed street furniture in the middle of it would perfectly suit”.

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A big responsibility

What a great idea. Everybody was satisfied. But immediately after, worries und wavering took place to the initial enthusiasm: we took a big responsibility that day in the mayor’s office.  As usual we had to face a completely new adventure.  New not only for Wasp if you consider that nothing similar has never been 3d printed before. If you add the fact that our job is so far from real Art (we do not think we are artists) the worry increases. What should we represent? Which kind of object?

A territory symbol

A badge was necessary, something connected to the territory, with its history, its tradition, with its culture but at the same time innovative. All characteristics belonging to people from Romagna. Fruit farming, in particular peaches cultivation bore in someone’s mind. The history tells that from the end of 800s to the beginning of 900s the first orchards were planted exactly in Massa Lombarda. Others followed this example and Industrial fruit-farming took place – then Massa Lombarda and surroundings became a datum point in the Italian and European market.

“What about printing some fruit, one peach!” somebody said. We were moving in the right direction. We had focused the subject but not the core yet…. the core… the peach-core that’s our object. We will 3d print a peach stone! The Core or the heart what we in Romagna’s dialect call “Anma” the essential – otherwise said the “romagnolo’ soul”.

The peach core

Step 1: scegliere il nocciolo

At this point we took a peach, not taking care about the king of peach – our aim was inside. First of all we had to test the possibility to print a giant peach-stone.

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We had to start from scanning the stone then we passed through an unknown path using the 3d drawing software to transform it in a huge stone but able to be “dropped” layer by layer using our 3d printers.

Then the material choice. At first we thought to porcelain because it had to last for a long time, but it was a failure: the first attempt literally crumbled in our hands.

 

Then we were suggested to use a special plastic material ASA commonly used in the car production industry because of its resistance to ultraviolet and like wood-modeling. The first stone prototype was realized is small size and we appreciated the fact that, though its complex shape, it could hold up without collapsing.

We started to print the real sculpture, about 1 meter high, after several months of attempts and tests.

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The “’Anma” covered with real gold

Finally we 3dprinted the soul (the Anma) the most precious thing. It took 50hours printing plus the following finishing touches. But we were not satisfied yet. Then a flash of inspiration we would cover the sculpture with the most precious material: gold. The work would have been the representation not only of our territory history, but also of wellness. At this point the message would be whole.

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The 90 cm peach-core, has been totally covered with 500 golden foils (8x8 cm, for a total surface of about 2 mq). It’s 25 kg and it is stained by a tubular steel stand.

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From the 27th April 2017 it’s in the middle of the roundabout just outside the city center, unavoidable crossing for people coming from Ravenna to Bologna and for those coming in the opposite direction.

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“We are very proud – The mayor Bassi said during the rotary inauguration - WASP is one of territory’s excellences where, several realities, spread our tradition and our innovation longing in the world. Massa Lombarda has strong roots but a lot of vitality too. It’s much better than how it’s normally represented”.


The usual Gnome

It was the faraway 2014 when DeltaWASP was taking its first steps.  “Sorry?  Did I hear well “faraway 2014”? It’s only 3 years ago!”. Yes it’s true but they were 3 years so full of new discovers and developments that they look like thirty!

So we were in the “faraway” 2014 and to test the good quality of our new machine 3dprintings, we thought to print the mythical Rocket Gnome from Makerbot, a symbol of that period. Since then, every time that WASP makes a new extruder or a new 3d printer, someone from Wasp’s team has suggested: “Let’s print the gnome”.

How many gnomes have been realized and seen? Thousands: Nice and well done, or ugly, failures and collapses or successful results, pla gnomes but also in abs, chocolate, pastry and clay – very little gnomes or giant one, even hacker gnomes… But none of them had astonished us like the last one.

A few days ago we had just finished our smart new DeltaWASP 3MT Industrial, it was ready for being introduced to the coming exhibition: Mecspe in Parma.  A very big machine. Three hundred kilos of steel to print up to 1 cbm of stuff, in a temperate room, a 3d printer able to move an extruder with a 10 kilos material load; 3 arms for each parallel kinematics, able to absorb vibrations and weights.

Wouldn’t anybody think about printing the gnome? So: “Come on, let’s print the gnome!”. “Yes, why not   a little 3 cm gnome for a 3m machine…”. “Right then, and t it costs nothing? The only thing to do it to adjust the 0,4 mm extruder and load the g-code used with the DeltaWASP 2040, and it’s done… it takes us 5 minutes”.  “With such long arms and with 6 m. long belts it will result horrible. It’s better not to waste time: the fair starts tomorrow”.

But the outcome of the discussion could be only one because curiosity is an essential characteristic of Wasp’s team, so at the end: ”Let’s print the gnome with the DeltaWASP 3MT and the 0.4mm extruder. Then, at the exhibition, we will decide to print whatever comes into our mind at that moment”.

So the printing gets started. And while the object takes shape, we can’t believe to what we see.  A parade takes place: “Look! Look how the 3 m. is printing!!! Everyone is knelt in front of the printer as if it were the Mecca, just to admire astonished the very little gnome.  A collective euphoria makes us say:  “it’s  really  a great printer!!!”( great!!!!)

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Once the print is finished we take the printed -piece off: it’s perfect in each detail. We are wondering how it can be possible that the direction changes, the rod end bearings, the belt stretches can succeed in expressing the hundredths of millimeter ? Evidently it is possible! In conclusion the usual gnome has not finished to surprise us yet!

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WASP presents the Maker Economy Starter Kit at Rome Maker Faire 2016

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MAKER ECONOMY STARTER KIT

A new economical model inside a container to give shape to the community knowledge.

It answers to the human basic needs using digital  fabrication techniques.

A huge project and building system in architectonic scale   inside a single container which, through 3D printing, gives shape to a big moving technological village: the Maker Economy Starter Kit. WASP suggests a new living concept and a new economical point of view. The park will be set up in a 400 mq area and introduced on 14, 15 e 16 at the Rome Maker Faire 2016.

A house which doesn’t create debt, on the contrary it improves economy

The Maker Economy Starter Kit is born to promote   a self-producing economy that can be set up everywhere. The WASP’s Ceo Massimo Moretti explains: “Our aim is to create micro independent communities, born and developed  on the community knowledge thanks to advanced self-producing systems, reachable from everyone. The 3D printing is the producing process which allows to realize the no-debt-house, a house which offers more freedom to people, a dynamic house, able to create economy, which produces energy instead of using it. A living solution at zero costs able to satisfy all primary human needs: house, food, energy, health, job, culture. It can be helpful in case of humanitarian emergencies caused by economical or political crisis or in case of natural disasters. An instrument useful to Humanitarian Organizations, Civil Protection, Onlus, National and international Institutions to easily operate in difficult situations or areas.”

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Starter Kit

The Starter Kit is born to build houses using materials taken from the place of origin both  natural or recycled as well as standard building materials too. Thanks to this technology  all  gathered knowledge can be spread everywhere via web.  All necessary information to set up a Starter Kit can be freely supplied on line through a series of tutorials which drive the users in the realization of their ideas. The house project together with its contents  is open source and lets project-managers, designers, engineers, architects, enter the web and freely take and exchange contents. In the Kit all Delta WASP models are included: from BigDelta, the 12m high 3D-printer, able to build houses, to the Delta WASP 3MT, multi-tools printer for the realization of furniture-components, vertical gardens, middle-size items together with other building digital systems produced by WASP to realize smaller articles. Other systems are included like: cut systems, systems to modify materials in order to be extruded, supply-systems, recycling ruins or plastic materials-systems. MORE>>

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Event Program

During the exhibition it will be possible to assist the machines working: Laboratories and workshops will show any application of WASP’s technology. A stage will be set in the middle of the mega 12m. printing system. On this stage the Viaggio a Shamballa (Journey to Shamballa), will be read. This is a community story-teller place where everyone can propose and tell his/her own interpretation of our project. In this way we hope to obtain a common view to be realized using all Maker Economy Starter Kit contents.

Thanks to FabLab Venezia cooperation the exhibition area will be transformed in no-stop-working laboratory in which project and print  in scale take place  using several materials to realize a residential unit supplied with vertical gardens too. The FabLab Venezia will introduce the system for the 3D-printable-house self-project studied on purpose for this event.


LOOKING FOR MEDALS DUE TO 3D PRINTING

Canoeing and Surfing: two Italian Athletes at the Paralympics and Isa World Adaptive Surfing Championship

Veronica Yoko Plebani is ready for Rio Paralympics. Fabrizio Passetti is preparing for the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla – California. They are two Italian Athletes with a rich palmares of trophies and success. They have in common that They use Prosthesis 3D printed by Marco Avaro, Biomedical Engineer who is part of the WASP Med team. He works with a Delta WASP 4070 and three Delta WASP 2040.

Veronica is a canoeist and Fabrizio a Surfer. “I’ve made a hand brace for Veronica – says Avaro –Fabrizio instead needs a carbon fiber prosthesis for high-level performance in extreme conditions.” They are enthusiastic about results and they embody the extraordinary results we can obtain with 3D printing.

Prosthesis and Braces 3D printed with a Delta WASP by Marco Avaro - Biomedical Engineer

At the Orthopedic - Lab “Del Bene Fabio” in Trieste, the Italian Engineer indefatigably works with his DeltaWASP Printers realizing more and more sophisticated prosthesis. “This work is based on using high-quality filaments, produced by TreeD Filaments, and the fast and accurate printers manufactured by WASP. Today the 3D printing has become extremely accurate and sophisticated. We’re printing objects with tolerances of 0,2 mm.

It’s important to understand that a Prosthesis is a customized medical device must respect regulations and needs a medical prescription. Many reliability tests have been conducted. Filaments have been certificated and now we’are writing specifications.

We’ve builded a good relationship with Marco Avaro. In this period he is working with a new Extrusion System. He is experimenting the new Full Metal Extruder and he is very enthusiastic: “Its peculiarity is to homogenize prints, making a strong and tenacious product. I’m very satisfied – says Avaro – it’s a bulldog”.

Here an amazing article by 3dprinting.com  https://3dprint.com/148356/waspmedical-3d-printed-prosthetics/.


Delta WASP 3MT printing for full-scale chairs

PRINT YOUR CUSTOMISED CHAIR, WASP one step closer to the Maker Economy With the Delta WASP 3MT.

From the rendering to the product, probably it’s the step up in class that 3D printing has yet to make to be considered a real protagonist of 4.0 Revolution.

The Maker Economy

Since the beginning WASP has been interested in self production of relief goods. So WASP’s development and innovation have been proceed in that direction. “A good printer, accurate and speedy, able to print a product rendering is an interesting result for the Industrial field and Design World, but a printer that could make directly the final product could be utilized in digital handcraft and other jobs. These are the bases of what we named Maker Economy” says Massimo Moretti.

The Custom Series line

WASP has produced a new line of printers for big objects usable in everyday life. The earlier experimentation concerned 1-metres-high objects, but we could easily print products of different measurements. This is a custom made printers line so we are able to modify printers for users necessity.

During its growth WASP has overtaken many problems, first of all the choice of filaments. To print big objects is not possible to use nozzles with a diameter smaller than the millimeter, because it would need too many days. So WASP created a nozzle between 4 and 10 mm in diameter.

A very important Company matter is the necessity to control costs. Filament prices still hover around 30€ for 1Kg spool, but with row material as grains and PLA pellets the prices hover around 3€ for 1Kg pack. So WASP resolved the problem making an extruder that works directly with grains, the result is a printer that uses 10kg of material in 8 hours. We have realized an important objective of 3D printing: everybody could make custom made objects with low costs and Companies are able to produce a custom made products with no stocks in storage.

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The working group

We were looking for an usable product but we are also interested in a fashonable one. So WASP involved a team of creative people recently graduated, designers and Professors. The team is opened to everybody wants to meet us on Fridays evening at WASP. During previous meeting we have realized our furniture projects: tables, stools, chairs.  Now we are particularly interested in chairs, thanks to the support of Giorgio Gurioli, an expert designer and teacher from ISIA-Faenza.

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First chairs  “Rigatona”

With the 3-metres-high Delta WASP 3MT we printed some experimental models, later improved by Giulio Buscaroli, a young student involved in an internship at WASP. So has been created the first line of chairs. “We are very proud of our results and we expect further evolution – says Massimo Moretti – We’re materializing a new model of development based on common knowledge”.

WASP has already shown the chairs printed with the Delta WASP Pellet at the Mecspe Faire in Parma and during the event “Designers meet 3D Printing” at the FabLab Venezia. WASP gladly accepts external contributions because of the importance of involvement of technicians for a good development of the printing technology.

WASP wants to make available the Delta WASP 3MT for FabLab interested in self-production of customized furnitures.  Giving the person Quotes and availing expert Physiatrists assistance they will be able to print comfortable and adjuvant chairs. In step with the Maker Economy: little Makers able to realize standard objects that normally require expensive tools.

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Ceramic Art and 3D printing

The collaboration between WASP and artist Francesco Pacelli
to explore the potentialities of ceramics 3D printing

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The 3D printing of clay or other fluid materials is nowadays a big topic of research in additive manufacturing world. Polymers and plastics are easier to 3D print because they set at room temperature after heating so you don't have too many problems due to collapses or overhangs. When you're layering instead through LDM (Liquid Deposition Modeling) process wet materials such as clays, there are some limitations due to geometries, collapses, drying, shrinkage, so the material extruded assumes a key role for obtaining acceptable final results.

Focusing on this stimulating research direction, during last months a collaboration between Wasproject and artist Francesco Pacelli started in order to deepen the knowledge about LDM process, widening the number of potential extrudable ceramics materials, setting the correct mixtures and printing parameters to obtain functional 3D printed ceramic pieces.

During last months, Wasp designed a smart LDM extruder based on a compressed air tank which feeds an endless screw in order to selectively deposit clay through a stepper motor. The mechanics of deltawasp machines is perfect for clay deposition because you don't have a moving bed, so the print remains still while the extruder is moving layer by layer, avoiding dangerous shakes that could compromise the stability of the final printed part.

The extruder works well, but there was still a big work to do related to materials and shapes achievable through LDM process.

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The collection

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Francesco Pacelli / Metal mangrove / clay 3dprint /ceramics.

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Francesco Pacelli / Pyromania /clay 3dprint /ceramics.

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Francesco Pacelli / Robotic woman nursing a baby /clay 3dprint /ceramics.

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Francesco Pacelli /  Chaotic Numerical Control /clay 3dprint /ceramics.

After graduation in Design&Engineering in 2013, Francesco Pacelli was an academic researcher for two years at +LAB, the 3D printing lab led by Marinella Levi at the Chemical and Material Engineering department of Politecnico di Milano, where he became familiar with LDM process and with the potential extrudable materials. Since october 2015 a collaboration between Wasp and Francesco started to improve the technology, showing its innovative potentialities in many fields. Francesco's work is mainly focused on arts (www.francescopacelli.com), but the potential applications of these machines and LDM process are endless, from design to engineering, from fashion to biomedicals.

So we're very excited about the start of the collaboration between Wasp and Francesco and the opening of this new laboratory, a special place exclusively dedicated to LDM technology for ceramics 3D printing. In next weeks we will share updates about the experiments, the results achieved and the starting interactions with an important and historical place for ceramics such as Faenza and its ceramists, to establish a continuity between the knowledge of the past and the future of this contemporary digital technique.


LIGHT EXTRUDER by Gianluca Pugliese

THANKS TO THE LIGHT EXTRUDER EVERYBODY CAN NOW DRAW WITH THE LIGHT

Lightpainting: Gianluca Pugliese uses a Delta WASP TURBO with a special extruder that will be soon shared.

There is a particular territory, where dreams and reality have changing and shifting boundaries. WASP loves swinging in that particular dimension, the art dimension, in its many different forms: One of them is LIGHT PAINTING.

You can describe this particular technique as follows: Taking a picture (usually in a dark environment) with long exposure times in order to capture all light movements with your lens. In a more simple way, we could say that what a light painting photographer actually does is painting with light. The word photography actually comes from the Greek and it means “drawing with light"

Gianluca Pugliese, aka Owen, has been following this pattern for ages.
But apart from being a photographer, he is also a maker and few years ago, following his intuition, he used a 3d printer and experimented “numerical control” light painting.

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“Until that moment all 3d printers were Cartesian printers - he says - and the results I got were pretty good but not enough satisfactory. Then, the Delta printers came along and I finally realized they were all I needed to get what I wanted”.

As only a real maker would do, Gianluca got advantage of an open source project found on the web and started to build its own Delta. That was the turning point.
The results he got were so impressive that he took part to the “Biennale” in Venice in 2014 with his project.
“In Venice I met Sebastiano and Marcello, from WASP. I showed my project and they showed me their machines. A great friendship and a useful collaboration were born”.

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At FabLab Torino space in Maker Faire Rome 2014, you can see Delta WASP Open upgraded to Light 3d printer version. 

After several tests with a Delta WASP Open, WASP gave Gianluca a Turbo. He developed a specific extruder, the LightExtruder, that can replace the original one, just as with the extruder for clay. It does not require any power supplies or specific settings.

The key point is: many other 3D light painting projects already exist but Gianluca, following the “philosophy of sharing”, meant to create something accessible to everyone who wishes to experiment such a brand new material for the 3d printing: the light!

It can be used on every Delta WASP but it performs at its best on a Turbo because it allows a faster light movement thus reducing the exposure time. The Light Extruder has a RGB LED on top and a selector to choose the light color.

Gianluca describes what happens next: “All you have to do is put the camera on a tripod just in front of the printer, turn the light off, and then you run the printer and you take the picture with the BULB mode. The printer starts moving as it was printing something (at a higher speed though) and you can see the LED moving around.
The camera is actually capturing all these movement and once the shooting is done the magic trick appears: the object, created with the light, appears on the screen of the reflex”

The words are just not enough to describe how fascinating his works are.

Of course the experiments keep going.
“I’ve recently took several pictures of the same subject, making it turn of 15 degrees in every file. I assembled the pictures in sequence and what I obtained was a video of this object, made of light that turn on itself”

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Genius, intuition, fantasy.
But also commitment, hard study and technique.
New technologies applied to the world of art and sharing.
Gianluca Owen Pugliese is without any doubt a WASPER.

Gianluca Pugliese mail: owenlab@gmail.com

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WASP with ASPHI

Matthew is a blind student at the University of Bologna, attending the Professional Educator course at the Faculty of Medicine. He’s doing his internship at the Fondazione ASPHI Foundation. These days, Matthew is exploring the shapes of the Empire State Building, 3D printed with a Delta WASP 2040. In fact he is actively involved, along with ASPHI experts and researchers, in testing the 3D printer that WASP has made available to the non-profit organization based in Bologna, that has been reaching out to people with disabilities through technology for more than thirty years. Matthew lost his sight when he was very young, and until recently he had only heard about, but did not know the real forms of Art Deco skyscraper, which is a symbol of New York City. Through this experience, we can say that Matthew can now "see" and learn through touch. 

The establishment of a 3D printing laboratory in the ASPHI Foundation headquarters in Bologna is focused on developing a branch oriented to construction of objects and computer aids for people with disabilities. People who have the same rights as every one else and special needs, to which they or their families often find original answers and crafty low cost solutions. Through ASPHI’s experience, particualr attention will be paid to the contribution that people with disabilities can make, directly as inventors directly, or indirectly as carriers of specific needs, in the design and construction of technological solutions, aids and items that can help to improve the quality of life for everyone all: at home, at school, at work or at play. The basis for a relationship between WASP and ASPHI were laid down about a year ago and have further grown starting in November 2014, on the occasion of Handimatica. The national show and conference on technologies for disability dedicated a special section to 3D printers and the Mak-ER network. The collaboration finally began to take form. "We have been following the the theme of aids, and particularly those that a disabled person could personally manufacture - said Rossella Romeo of the ASPHI Foundation – We know that several university research centers have already begun experimenting with 3D printing applied to the world of disability and also some FabLabs have been particularly sensitive to this issue. We were looking for a 3D printer manufacturer that was willing to cooperate with us.Partnering with WASP was the most natural thing."

There are more obvious reasons for this ongoing collaboration, which WASP holds particularly dear. One is local, that is, the possibility of promoting local centers of excellence that are the crown jewels of this region. Another is deeper and Rossella Romeo explains it very clearly: "We, like WASP, began by accepting a challenge that could be defined as visionary: teaching blind people to become computer programmers. In WASP’s mission I see a lot in common with our own values ​​and aspirations: think big, do not stop at those which are considered to be the normal boundaries."

The course has thus been set and not just for the blind but also for those with other disabilities: mobility impairments, cognitive problems, children with autism, elderly with dementia ... There already is a specific project that will use the Delta WASP 2040 3D pritner. It is called Clip4all and was selected among 10 winners of the Think for Social program by the Vodafone Foundation -> http://www.asphi.it/news/il-nostro-progetto-clip4all-tra-i-10-vincitori-del-bando-think-for-social-di-fondazione-vodafone/

Within a few days of testing we have already created the first objects experimenting with conductive PLA to use with the Clip4all kit, in educational settings and for creating custom mice, in the most accessibile and creative way.

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From open source to Maker Economy and collective welfare

“Collective intelligence gives a return when ideas circulate freely, nobody seize them and everybody help to develope them. In that way the passage from open source to maker economy and so to collective welfare can be realized.”
Massimo Moretti, WASP’s founder, has no doubt: he choosed a long time ago the way of shared knowledge.
“Ideas that circulate – continues Moretti - are several, they’re often magnificent, thrilling. The real frontier is to transform ideas in a shared project which is useful for everybody”

 Is it what is happening, for example, with new arm braces?
“Exactly. The first design can be downloaded by everyone from Thingiverse and it was made by a young american designer, Andreas Bastian. He developed the concept of thermoforming PLA after having printed it plane.”

Than, what happened?
“The Bastian’s project has been discovered by +Lab, a center of research of Politecnico in Milan. +Lab was the first who had the intuition and the ability of grasping the potential of this project. And it properly emphasized it (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:403001)”.

What was the role of WASP in the partnership with Rizzoli?
“ When the project arrived in our studio, some researcher from Rizzoli were there. They saw it and they found it interesting. Than they gave their contribute transforming it further, depending on the characteristics they needed in First Aid center.”

What’s WASP contribute?
“We gave to Rizzoli researchers the informations they needed to produce the arm braces in a fast and accurate way. We started a research for a bigger extruder and a greater amount of deposited filament: a dedicated printer for arm braces, which will allow to realize them in a few time and a low budget.”

We can say that the development od this project had many partners involved.
“Yes, it is exactly as you said and everybody must be quoted, because each one is a link in the chain from idea to solution. Nobody is the owner of the project, nobody can claim the intellectual property, but each one has his authorship.”

Rizzoli’s willingness to insert itself in a procedure like this wasn’t so obvious.
“An institution which is a medical center of excellence has the humilty of making full use of the shared knowledge that can be found on the net, and this is very important. It is important at the same way that these informations can be completed from the experience that only excellence institutes like Rizzoli can give.”

What will be the next step with arm braces?
“Rizzoli’s researchers said that they will share their work in open source, respecting all the parameters which are necessary for a collective evolution. We thank their researchers for the willingness to walk this path. When their work will be published on Thingiverse another hospital, maybe on the other side of the world, can give a contribute itself and make another step towards sharing knowledge.”

You always insist on this word: sharing.
“The kind of knowledge which generate welfare can’t be private.
Too many companies with a great economic power develop technologies which they patent and in that way they make it inaccessible for most of people. When advanced knowledge will connect with shared knowledge it will be a spontaneous blooming of accessible practices, which will evolve through the collectivity in several ways, it will be impossible to patent it or anticipate it. A common benefit which can generate not only an healty society but also jobs, starting from common people.” 

A few time ago these systems were watertight.
“ It’s true. The world of ‘conventional research’ couldn’t get in contact with open source world, for an image problem. These patterns are breaking. Right now other things matter: true things, working and functional things.

What’s the new approach which guide the technological evolution?
“The concept is making things, concretely. Making with what you have, with the shared knowledge, the evolution which grows from the below. The maximum return with the minimum cost”

Is patent time finished?
“The concept that it’s important to spread is that nobody is the owner of this knowledge, nobody can claim the property. The sharing is the way to avoid patents and appropriations. Nobody can patent these informations because they have been shared, but everybody can use them.

What are the prospects?
“This new approach gives us wishes for a better world, where everybody works for a collective purpose. Everybody will have the opportunity to access to technologies that improve the quality of life, even without great financial possibilities.”

Maurizio Andreoli

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WASP collaborates with Rizzoli's Orthopedic Institute

PRESS RELEASE

3D PRINTING IN MEDICAL: THE FUTURE IS NOW

Lowering the cost of custom tutors. Revolutionary cranial implants.

The partnership between WASP and the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute

 

Tutors for to make First Aid centers more functional, whose cost is drastically reduced, almost entirely eliminated. In the future, cranial implants that almost entirely reproduce the skull’s characteristics, with the goal of facilitating bone regeneration and favoring an extraordinary bio-integration. This is possible through the adoption of world leading 3D printing technology in the medical field.

The use of digital manufacturing in the health sector can radically modify patient care, making it economically accessible to all and implementing personalized therapies. The collaboration between WASP, a leading company in the 3D printing sector, and the Banca delle Cellule e del Tessuto Muscoloscheletrico (Bank of Cells and Muscular-Skeletal Tissue), of the Emilia Romagna Region, based within the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, is spawning projects to tear down walls that were considered untouchable until just a short time ago.

The first tutors for First aid produced by 3D printing are ready and will begin the experimental phase at the Rizzoli Institute. They will be used to treat contusions, sprains and even fractures. At first they will be used for the wrist area and they will be made of PLA, with a cost of about 2 euro instead of the current 30 euro. Furthermore they are perforated for transpiration, while also allowing electro-stimulation to favor the healing process. After the wrist the project is set to move on to other body parts, starting from the elbow and the knee.

Another ambitious and revolutionary project is related to the possibility of producing replacements for the cranial bone, directly from the patient’s CT scan data, using 3D printing. These will be 3D dowels of the same size as the missing bone parts, of which they will have to accurately mimic the anatomy and physiology. The goal is to facilitate an unprecedented bone regeneration. We are completing the development, testing and standardization phase. Within a few months we expect that the first prototypes will become available and that the first implants on patients may take place as early as 2016.

The partnership between a research institutions and a local structure is made possible in part through projects financed by the Emilia Romagna Region.

 

3D printed tutors for First Aid Centres

3D printed tutors are employed in Rizzoli’s First Aid center. Tutors are printed in three different sizes, after that they’re shaped on the patient’s wrist. Massimo Moretti, WASP’s founder, affirms “we’re developing 3D printers with bigger sizes and bigger nozzles. It will be possible – thanks to the addiction of several dimensional parameter or the patient hand’s scan, to print tailored tutors in a very short time: 10-20 minutes. In that way there will be the chance to operate live on the place, depending on the situations”.

To develope tutors we started from a prototype which was studied by PiuLab, an internal laboratory of Politecnico in Milan which collaborate with WASP in research. The choice of using PLA is because it is a thermoplastic material derivative of corn which is extruded at the temperature of 180°, but it is already malleable at 60°. The tutor is printed as it was flat, than it is heated and shaped according to the patient necessity and it is cooled down to keep the prearranged form.

Heal-shaped tutors are not new in the First Aid field. The real news is 3D print, which allows to reduce costs till 90%. Moreover, bandaging the patient is no longer needed. The structure is particulary resistant, malleable for the different needs and pierceable, so it consents transpiration.

Rizzoli’s First Aid centre staff has been indispensable for the developement of the project: we needed the advices of somebody who is near to the patients everyday.

Some revisions were made during construction, just like the integration of three external lines that can be cut with scissors, to make the tutors adaptable to every kind of wrist. These lines are in the palm of the hand under the fingers, around the toe base and in the closure point, in the foreharm. The closure is made by self-adjustable strings. The chance of realizing tailored tutors will make the cut lines no longer needed.

Another evolution is represented by the chance of a double material print, with a normal PLA and an electrical conductive one. This will permit to distribute electrons in the tutor’s structure, in that way it is possible to accomplish a tens, an electro stimulation or to create electromagnetic fields wich accelerate the healing process in case of fracture.

 

 

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Cranial substitutes

Cranial substitutes which reproduce the original structure in three layers: two which have resistance and stability characteristics, one which facilitates regeneration. The skull cap, as time goes by, will be replaced by the patient bone in a spontaneous and physiological way, through an ossification process. It will be less and less a foreign body. As the director of the Rizzoli’s Cells and Musculo-skeletal tissue Bank, Pier Maria Fornasari, said to the magazine “Tecnica ospedaliera”,“in case of a serious cranial trauma the surgeon is often compelled to remove skull cup to consent to the brain to expand his volume. Once the brain return to the normal size the skull cup has to be refurbished. Until today there were three options: re-use the original cranial bone which can be washed and disinfected; otherwise it can be used an hydrioxopatite cranial box, it is a fragile material which forces the patient to be very careful for the rest of his life; another chance is to implant a plastic cranial box which is not be assorbed. These techniques lack is that they are made by a single layer, our cranial box is made by three layers instead.

The innovative idea is to produce, directly from patient TAC, a substituite of the missing part of the cranial box made by a 3D printer. It isn’t only a substitute which has the perfect sizes of the missing parts but also the complete respect of the human anatomy with the reproduction of the three layers: one is external and rigid like the cortical bone, the one in the middle is made by a spongy tissue and the internalone is rigid cortical bone again.

The research is currently focused about the material choice and the layng down tecnique. For the external parts will be used rigid and resistant materials which can be assorbed by the body, just like caprolactone. For the internal material it will may used hidrioxopatite, the aim is to make the rigeneration process start from here.

The ossification process will be facilitate from a piece of the cortical part, so the zone which is in contact with the scalp, to simplify the insertion of blood-vessel.

There already is a contact with several neurosurgery equipes to launch a partnership and pass to a pre-clinical and clinical sperimentation.

More than a FabLab which prints cranial boxes for all the hospitals the project aim at a process that can be transfered in each clinical structure. In the future, the missing part of the cranial box will be directly printed in the operation room.

The social impact of a project like this is huge. The prothesis that are used today cost thousand of euros and one day it would be possible to produce them just with an hundred euros. It will be possible to operate not only in italians hospitals but in war zone too, where these kind of problem are a daily issue.