This is how students at Bartlett School of Architecture are using our LDM technology for their Master’s degree

Since 2012, WASP has been actively involved in university research, deploying its technology on campuses across Europe and globally. For over 2 years, the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL (University College London) has housed a Delta WASP 40100 Clay in its labs, used by students for their research and thesis projects in the Design for Manufacture faculty.

WASP’s 3D printers offer high accessibility and an open system, making them ideal for experimenting with new materials and AM technologies.

Guided by experienced professors, college students can directly engage with the machines, exploring experimental applications and contributing to the advancement of the Additive Manufacturing sector.

In 2024, the students of the ‘Additive Manufacturing Group,’ under the guidance of their tutor Arthur Prior, completed their Master’s degrees and published their thesis projects. The group was made up of two teams, each presenting their own research:

  • Tom Younger, Tianyang Li, Qinyuan ZhengMulti-nozzle Additive Manufacturing
  • Rameshwari JonnalageddaTerraMound

In the same year, the thesis project Ceram-Screens of Monisha Sridhara, an alumni of Bartlett School, was listed 5th in the architectural build category of Material Source‘s article ‘Top 24 3D Print Project and Practitioners for 2024‘.

Silicone 3D printing with a multi-nozzle extrusion system

The team, consisting of Tom Younger, Tianyang Li, and Qinyuan Zheng, focused their research on developing a multi-nozzle 3D printing extrusion system.

Their goal was to fabricate silicone auxetic tiles for a pneumatic shading system, crafting a lightweight and ‘breathing’ window frame structure. This structure could regulate the amount of light entering a building’s façade by expanding and contracting the silicone membranes.

The idea behind the project was to find a way to balance shading and light transmission in buildings by adjusting the light directly through their façade design, rather than relying on energy-intensive mechanical equipment.

TerraMound – 3D printed cooling systems in ceramic

Using complex and porous geometries like minimal surfaces, Rameshwari Jonnalagedda‘s project TerraMound uses 3D printing to produce effective cooling systems made of ceramic that are inspired by natural formations like termite mounds.

The true potential of TerraMound lies in the scalability of its concept and the diversification of its applications. The project goes beyond mere cooling. Minimal surfaces can be incorporated into walls to create adaptive interfaces, adapting to manage heat, air, and light.

The versatility of minimal surfaces, combined with the freedom of 3D printing, opens doors to a range of applications, like façade systems, air filtration systems and even bio-receptive structures.

Ceram-Screens, a climate-responsive 3D printed parametric façade

The project Ceram-Screens by Monisha Sridhara draws inspiration from traditional stone-carved Jaali screens, commonly found in Indian architecture. These ornamental structures serve a dual function, providing light and heat control by reducing solar glare and enhancing ventilation.

Extensive standardization and industrialization have led to the loss of the artisan skill originally required for this technique, which has since lost its original function flexibility, and character.

The aim of the project is to restore this traditional technique through the utilization of ceramic 3D printing, a production system that allows for full customization and replicability, overcoming the limitations established by standardized manufacturing methods.

Professional LDM 3D Printing

Discover Delta WASP 40100 Clay, the professional 3D printer for paste-based materials that students are using at the Bartlett School of Architecture in UCL. With Delta WASP 40100 Clay It’s possible to print directly on the floor or on a printing surface removable steel. You can also continue printing without waiting for the piece to dry and simply by moving the printer.

Delta WASP 40100 Clay