The world's first 3D Printed biodigital living sculputers featuring at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

The CREATE Group from the University of Southern Denmark and WASP Hub Denmark announces the completion of H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxathin.g, the world´s first 3D Printed biodigital living sculputers, designed by ecoLogicStudio and developed in a research partnership with and the Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University. The work is featured in the exhibition “Le Fabrique du Vivant” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from 20 February to 15 April 2019. The show, part of Mutations-Créations series and curated by Marie-Ange Brayer with Olivier Zeitoun, retraces the archaeology of the living and of artificial life. The installation is intended as speculative 1:1 scale prototype of living architecture, a new generation of thick biophilic architectural skin receptive to urban life. The structure is designed algorithmically and produced by means of large-scale high-resolution 3D printing.

About the Project

In H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g, a digital algorithm simulates the growth of a substratum inspired by coral morphology. This is physically deposited by 3D printing machines in layers of 400 microns, supported by triangular units of 46 mm and divided into hexagonal blocks of 18.5 cm. Photosynthetic Cyanobacteria are inoculated on a biogel medium into the individual triangular cells, or bio-pixel, forming the units of biological intelligence of the system. Their metabolisms, powered by photosynthesis, convert radiation into actual oxygen and biomass. The density value of each bio-pixel is digitally computed in order to optimally arrange the photosynthetic organisms along iso-surfaces of increased incoming radiation. Among the oldest organisms on Earth, cyanobacteria's unique biological intelligence is gathered as part of a new form of bio-digital architecture.

The visitors of the exhibition will move freely around and inside the installation, observing the bio-digital landscape made of protuberant 3D printed geometries and engaging in an exchange with the micro-algae. The micro-organisms will absorb the carbon dioxide produced by human breathing and transform it into oxygen in a process that also creates biomass, useful for the production of bioplastic material and energy.

3D Printed System Development and Production

The CREATE Group and WASP Hub Denmark from SDU have contributed to the development of the 3D printed system and the digital fabrication of the structure: “In this jointed research, biological and digital strategies are fused together to conceive a novel model of architecture, able to contribute positively to the urban environment”, explains Roberto Naboni, Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The experimental structure is composed of 185 different construction components which are entirely produced by Delta WASP 3D Printers for a total of 1780 hours and 271 kgs in weight, in between the CREATE Lab/WASP Hub Denmark, and the Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University.

The biodigital living sculputers is printed in PETG thermoplastic and characterized by complex morphologies and high level of details. Each component has very differentiated geometry, which has required an individualized study to optimize the printing process for precision and speed. The overall printed structure performs as a symbiotic substratum for the internal proliferation of micro-algae on a biogel suspension and therefore is characterized by an external porous shell which favours the air exchange with the biological compound, high transparency to gain the needed light to run photosynthetic processes, and high chemical resistance. The construction system is based on reversible connections among the components which allow the easy relocation of the prototype.

In spring 2019, H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g will be exhibited at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in

About the CREATE Group / WASP Hub Denmark

CREATE is the group for Computational Research in Emergent Architectural Technology, part of the Unit of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) at the University of Southern Denmark. The group, founded and coordinated by Assistant Professor Roberto Naboni, explores novel architectural processes and solutions at the intersection with the fields of computer science, advanced manufacturing and emergent material technologies. The group also coordinates CAE’s activities in the field of Industry 4.0 for Constructions. In its physical infrastructure, the CREATE Lab, are studied future scenarios of architecture, from disruptive concepts to applied research, bringing together design and making through technology. CREATE Lab is the WASP Hub for Denmark and part of an international network of digital fabrication.


Design: ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto, Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Matteo Baldissarra, Michael Brewster)

Research partner for biological as well as 3D Printed systems and production development: Synthetic Landscape Lab, IOUD, Innsbruck University (Prof. Claudia Pasquero, Maria Kuptsova, Terezia Greskova, Emiliano Rando, Jens Burkart, Niko Jabadari, Simon Posch); Photosynthetica consortium (

Research partner for 3D Printed systems and production development: CREATE Group / WASP Hub Denmark - University of Southern Denmark (SDU) (Prof. Roberto Naboni, Furio Magaraggia)

Engineering: YIP structural engineering, Manja Van De Worp

Microalgal Medium Material Support: Ecoduna AG


Assistant Professor, Arch. Roberto Naboni

WASP Hortus Sistema di Coltivazione Verticale Idroponica

Il progetto WASPhortus si propone di esprimere le potenzialità della stampa 3d applicate al campo della coltivazione idroponica per generare orti verticali adatti alla produzione di ortaggi in ambiente domestico.

Ogni torre è composta da quattro moduli interamente stampati in 3d con Delta WASP 3MT. I moduli sono facilmente assemblabili e lavabili ed accolgono complessivamente 64 piante da orto. La coltivazione si basa sui principi della coltura idroponica, in cui l’apparato radicale degli ortaggi viene irrorato di acqua, arricchita con sostanze nutritive compatibilmente con i cicli vegetativi.

L’unicità nella forma di ogni singolo modulo, permessa dalla tecnologia di stampa 3d, consente la corretta irrigazione di tutte le colture impiantate e il continuo riutilizzo di acqua all’interno dell’invaso centrale. Il modulo di base viene, infine, rivestito esternamente da una sagoma circolare, interamente stampata in 3d attraverso miscele di calce-cemento e caratterizzata da profili superficiali curvilinei integrati alla fase di estrusione.

WASP Hortus è un modulo per coltura idroponica
stampato in 3Dcon Delta WASP 3MT
con materiale PP


The 3D printer for the future kitchen

A new Gluten Free Corner  project  is born from the cooperation between Wasp and Zeroinpiù : 3D printing is used to create a food for people with celiac disease.

Till now it was not possible to prepare gluten free food in the same kitchen used to prepare  normal food– because the risk of contamination using the same spaces, the same electrical appliances, the same tools is very high. This problem has made difficult  to integrate the gluten free foods preparation inside a traditional restaurant kitchen.

Wasp’s idea  is simple: to create dedicated technological spaces, studied on purpose to answer to celiac kitchen needs to be integrated with the traditional  restaurant kitchens  in any part of the world, simply using a 3D DeltaWASP 20 40 printer dedicated to the celiac food preparation.


The proposal is the “Gluten Free Corner”, a printing system integrated with pastries and a receipt book from the Chef Francesco Favorito.


Skilled patissier who has inherited his parents’ profession, bakery and patisserie professor, he has specialized in the preparation of pastries  for people suffering with any food-intolerance, with a special focus on foods for celiac people. From his ten-years experience he established Zeroinpiù, a flour and mixture line, specially selected for his receipts.


Thanks to this cooperation a kit with tools and the necessary know-how on delicious courses preparation, will be supplied.

In a little space, all the necessary instruments for a gluten free kitchen.

A high social value-project, able  to offer, in due course,  a high kitchen service for a more and more spread disease in our society. Wasp, thanks  to the virtual fabrication techniques, gives a high-tech answer to support the collective safe and fair restaurant access, giving everybody the possibility to taste healthy and savory foods in public spaces.


With the ”Gluten Free Corner” it will be possible to 3Dprint food in specific calorie portions, selecting foods so that they can suit any customized diet and any daily single nutritional need without food waste  nor during the preparation process.

The 3d printing  in food application too, allows a new interpretation of the nutrition subject, giving to patisserie the possibility to become a trial field where it will be possible to create new shapes and foods otherwise impossible in the traditional kitchen.

Where  to find us


The  Gluten Free Corner will be introduced during the  XXXVIII  Sigep edition, an exibition dedicated to professional operators in the artisan patisserie, bakery and  ice cream field combined to the coffee world.

You will find us at Pad. C2 – Stand 035 from 21st to 25th January 2017.

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 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.

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 >>

Vinegraal on Kickstarter

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:


Vinegraal is a Project conceived and developed by SlowD, a Web Platform for Artisans and product Designers. The name is the result of “vinegar” and “Graal”, the legendary bowl. The bottle is 3D printed in bronzed porcelain and hand-finished by Potters from Faenza. A bottle stopper that could be utilized as a nib to decorate food course is included.

This is a project conceived by Ludovica Canzutti, a young Designer selected for her ability to reshape the antique ceramic bottle for Balsamic Vinegar.

Vinegraal is a collectors’ item. It will be produced in a limited edition: 500 signed, numbered and guaranteed pieces with Certificates of Authenticity. Vinegraal will be on Kickstarter for sale the next May from 9th to 23rd. Prices range is from 300€ to 700€, the kit could also include a Massimo Bottura’s Recipe Book or a Spilanbergo Tour.

Moreover, there is a Unique Piece that includes a dinner at the “Francescana di Bottura”, with a value of 3000€.

The 3D printing by Delta WASP 2040:

Press conference:

Foodies Challenge

Eurochocolate / EXPO 2015 Cocoa & Chocolate Cluster

Here we are! Expo2015

Eurochocolate / EXPO 2015 Cocoa & Chocolate Cluster