3D printed Moon Enceladus for Triennale Milano

3D printed moon 'Enceladus' for Triennale Milano

3D printed art installation for Triennale Milano 'Unknown Unknowns'

Enceladus is a 3D printed art installation designed by Irene Stracuzzi and 3D printed by WASP Hub Mantova (Arche 3D) for the 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, headed by Stefano Boeri, and curated by Ersilia Vaudo.

The project explores Enceladus, a moon of Saturn that is believed to have an underground ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the possibility of life existing there. This has sparked curiosity in both scientists and artists about what its hidden world might look like.

Enceladus the 3D printed moon for Triennale Milano
Photo by © DSL Studio
3D printed Moon Enceladus for Triennale Milano
Photo by © DSL Studio

3D printing the moon 'Enceladus' with 3MT HDP

Enceladus was 3D printed by WASP Hub Mantova (Arche 3D) using WASP 3MT HDP, the large scale pellet 3D printer.

The digital model was provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and then divided and worked on for printing. There are 12 pieces in total: 5 segments consisting of two pieces that are approximately 1 meter and 0.5 meter in height, welded with hot reinforcements to make transportation and assembly easier, and 2 removable pieces held in place by magnets, so they could be opened to load a smoke machine inside.

The total width is 3 meters and the total height is 1.5, and the material used is PLA INGEO white masterbatch. The total weight is between 150 and 200 kg. The total printing time is about 250 hours.

Exploded view of Enceladus 3D model by ESA
3D printing of Enceladus for Triennale Milano
Detail of Enceladus 3D printed moon
Photos by WASP Hub Mantova (Arche 3D)

Summary sheet

Piece name: Enceladus
Printer: 3MT HDP
Material: PLA INGEO with white masterbatch
Designed by: Irene Stracuzzi
Printed by: WASP Hub Mantova (Arche 3D)
Exhibition: Unknown Unknowns, An Introduction to Mysteries, Triennale Milano, from July 15 2022 to December 11 2022

Number of pieces: 12
Printing time: 250 hrs
Size: 3x1,5 m

Large scale 3D printing

Enceladus was created with the 3MT 3D printer. This is the best printer for creating medium-large pieces thanks to its wide printing bed area of 1 meter in diameter.


Cloroplastic, 3D printed installation in recycled PLA, biopolymer of plant origin for Muse - Science Museum of Trento.

3D printed installation for MUSE - Science Museum

3D Printing, Art and Biotechnology at MUSE Trento

From 30 November 2022 to 8 January 2023 it will be possible to visit the 3D printed installation 'Cloroplastic' for the MUSE exhibition “BioArt. Ricerche d’avanguardia e immaginario artistico” at Palazzo delle Albere, as part of the European project ACDC – Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores.

WASP participated in the project by creating a 3D printed installation using transparent materials of plant origin.

Cloroplastic, 3D printed installation in recycled PLA, biopolymer of plant origin for Muse - Science Museum of Trento.
Photo credit: foto archivio MUSE

Piece name: Cloroplastic
Printer: 3MT HDP
Material: Recycled transparent PLA of plant origin
Printed with: WASP Hub Milano (Superforma)

Cloroplastic: 3D printing of a transparent biopolymer of plant origin

Cloroplastic consists of a collective work inspired by nature and capable of reacting to stimuli from the environment, the result of the process of sharing scientific knowledge that took place during the Open Talks&Labs organized by MUSE as part of the progetto ACDC.

The outer membrane was printed in transparent PLA recycled with WASP 3MT HDP from the WASP Hub in Milan, Superforma.

The outer membrane of the structure was made of recycled transparent PLA of vegetable origin using WASP 3MT HDP, the 3D printer optimized for large-scale printing.

Making of Cloroplastic, a transparent 3D printed installation

The work is inspired by chloroplasts, organelles present in plant cells where chlorophyll photosynthesis takes place. It was built in a participatory way, through the use of digital manufacturing techniques and biotechnological laboratories.

In Cloroplastic, visitors who interact with the work will provide the light needed by plants to activate the photosynthesis process. The installation hosts Impatiens walleriana plants planted by the participants in the Open Labs, through the use of micropropagation techniques.

Cloroplastic: 3D printed installation for the MUSE of Trento
Photo credit: foto archivio MUSE
Photograph of Cloroplastic: the 3D printed installation for the MUSE of Trento
Photo credit: foto archivio MUSE

"This installation - explains Lucilla Galatà, project coordinator for MUSE - wants to show the results of a path we have undertaken in the museum as part of the ACDC project, to involve the community in research on the border between natural and artificial, living and non-living living, scientific research and artistic practices. The ultimate goal is to invite the public to look beyond these dichotomies and to inspire new connections and reflections”.

Overview of Cloroplastic: the 3D printed installation for the MUSE
Photo credit: foto archivio MUSE

PLA pellet

pla pellet

The material used to print the project is transparent recycled PLA of plant origin. Pellet printing has many advantages: You can use recycled plastic, and It's cheaper and faster than filament material.
Discover our pellet materials.

Large scale 3D printing

For this project it has been used the 3MT 3D printer. It permits to print big pieces until 1 meter of diameter and it is really used for installations or to create walls. The procedure is to print in pieces and then assembly them, building the entire structure.


3D printing of a recycled material from fishing nets with 3MT HDP

3D printing with a recycled material from fishing nets

New recycled material for pellet 3D printing

WASP has partnered with Reflow with the purpose of refining the printing of a new recycled material in large scale. The results obtained during the research have been extremely positive, getting us to look forward to continuing expanding our catalogue with new sustainable materials.

Stampa di materiale riciclato da reti da pesca con 3MT HDP, materiale fornito da Reflow
3D Printing of recycled material from fishing nets with 3MT HDP, material supplied by Reflow

The benefits of pellet 3D printing in large scale

These pieces were printed using WASP 3MT HDP, the large scale pellet 3D printer optimized for large objects. The material, rPPGF, provided by Reflow, was recycled and pelletized directly from discharged fishing nets.

Being able to work directly with pellet reduces the cost of the material up to 1/10 compared to the corresponding filament. It allows to use a greater variety of materials, and decreases printing times.

3D printing of a recycled material from fishing nets with 3MT HDP
Close up of 3D printing of a recycled material from fishing nets
3D printing of a recycled material from fishing nets in large scale

Large scale 3D printer


These pieces have been created with the 3MT 3D printer. This is the best printer for creating medium-large pieces thanks to its wide printing bed area of 1m in diameter.


3D printed wall art installation

3D printing wall art and stairs

3D printing in large scale for art installations

Large scale 3D printing has a lot of potential for being used to create ehxhibitions and installations, but not everyone knows why to choose this technology. 3D printing lets you to overcome limits of manufacturing, experimenting with shapes and structures that are not possible in other ways. These works are made by WASP Hub Madrid, Lowpoly.

Stairs to Infinity

In this case study, we’ll see how additive manufacturing opens new ways to design stairs with parametric techniques: lighter and with recycled materials.

3D printed stairs art installation in Cosmocaixa Museum in Barcelona

The structure has been designed in wireframe to reach the goal of lightness and resistance at the same time.

This project is designed by Carmen Baselga and Hector Serrano for the exhibition PRINT3D in Cosmocaixa Museum in Barcelona. The concept of the project was trying to design a spiral staircase of 12 meters, only supported by transparent threads, as light as possible.


Gelosia is a project that uses 3d printing on a large scale to create big partition walls. Like for Stairs to Infinity, It was designed by Carmen Baselga and Hector Serrano for the exhibition PRINT3D of Cosmocaixa museum in Barcelona.

3d printed art wall at Cosmocaixa museum in Barcelona

The purpose of the project was to separate sections of the exhibition while maintaining the view through it. 

3D printing process

The wireframe structure has been chosen not only for functional issues, but also for the light and shades effects that this holes pattern creates.
Grasshopper is the software used to generate the gcode and the route that the 3D printer follows. If you want to see how to generate the gcode directly from Grasshopper, click on the button

assembling 3d printed stairs installation

This design process permits to minimize the waste of material, optimizing the shape and reducing the material only to the structural parts

Each step has been divided and printed in parts to have the chance to add couplings to make the assembly easier. This procedure has led to shipping the entire stairs in two boxes, optimizing the logistics and dropping the CO2 emissions.

PLA pellet

pla pellet

The material used to print the project is PLA recycled from food packaging, mixed with natural white pigment. In this way, the aesthetical result is excellent and it is not necessary to finish it with final painting. Printing with pellets has many advantages: you can use recycled plastic: it is cheaper and faster than filament material. 
Check our pellet materials.

Large scale 3D printer

For these two projects it has been used the 3MT 3D printer. It permits to print big pieces until 1 meter of diameter and it is really used for installations or to create walls. The procedure is to print in pieces and then assembly them, building the entire structure.

large scale 3D printer

3D printed store in Dubai

3D printed sculptural walls in a Flagship Store

3D printed store

3d printed  store in Dubai

3D printing is a perfect way to create installations designed with parametric shapes. This leads to a new concept to create sets and scenographies because it permits to build original decorative shapes. In this case La Máquina (by Noumena) printed a flagship store designed by External Reference in Dubai. An immersive space where digital blends with physical world.

An immersive fluid space

The sculptural walls transform the store in a geometric space, where the products (shoes) are perfectly included in the scenography and become a part of it. Everything is perfectly mixed for a complete experience. The sculptural walls are augmented with a layer of interactive 3D mapping that continously change the environment visuals and where customers can communicate and play.

3D printed store in Dubai

Thanks to parametric design, the geometry flows following the curves of the walls. The installation was subdivided in pieces, printed and then assembled. This process is available thanks to additive manufacturing and its way to print simultaneously different parts.

3D printed store in dubai

3D printer for large scale


These walls are built with 3MT HDP, the 3D printer designed for massive prints. With the technology High Definition Pellet, you can print Pellet material fastly and precisely. Pellet granules are 10x cheaper than filaments and they reduce the printing time. In plus, you can print 24/7 thanks to the Continuous Feeding System.

Cocoon and Divergent the 3D printed lamps

Printing on fabric for complex shapes

3d printing never stops surprising with the different ways to approach design and modeling. In this article, we'll see the opportunity to reach different shapes through the behavior of different materials in contact.

Drag and drop, a design study located in Bucharest - Romania, has explored large-size 3D printing in all its facets. They mainly print with the 3MT and model with algorithms, discovering new esthetic through materials and their features.

Divergent equilibrium lamp

divergent equilibrium 3d printed lamp

divergent equilibrium 3d printed lamp

Divergent equilibrium is a complex lamp that comes as a result of 3D printing polymeric filaments on textile material. The shape that comes out was studied starting from algorithms that draw curves and curls up the fabric, creating beautiful movements.

divergent equilibirum 3d printed lamp

"Our designs are intimately linked with the additive manufacturing process and we have been exploring the unique aesthetic features which are only made possible by the advent of large scale 3d printing. In our work we celebrate the chunky layers, the material drips and the intricate geometries that are only possible with this technology. As designers we have more control than ever - from the material mix to controlling the machine to promoting the work. It really feels empowering." - Madalin Gheorghe / Drag And Drop

Cocoon lamp

cocoon 3d printed lamp

Cocoon is an intricated lamp where the softness of the textile interacts with the complex system of the 3D printed polymeric lines. The shape comes out by herself following the pattern designed with algorithms. As the result, appearance evokes smooth vibes, but also similar to the moon shape by the lateral view.

cocoon 3d printed lamp

cocoon 3d printed lamp

Here you can see the process of 3D printing on textile: you can see that suddenly after the releasing of the pins, the shape comes out. To create this lamp, Drag and Drop used the large size 3D printer Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0.


Large size 3D printer

industrial 3d printer

Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 is the printer used to create these beautiful 3d printed lamp. It's the perfect printer for large size pieces, with filament or pellet materials.

Model wears 3d printed clothes from the collection TECHNE

TECHNĒ, a 3D printed fashion line

3D printed clothes

Milan-based fashion designer Chiara Giusti has collaborated with Superforma Fablab, a digital manufacturing laboratory specializing in 3D printing, to create a 3D printed clothing line called TECHNĒ. As part of her final university project at Politecnico di Milano.

Models wear 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Italian fashion designer uses Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 to create 3D printing clothing line TECHNE

Giusti used a Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer to deposit Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) at high temperatures directly onto stretched textiles to create complex three-dimensional textures and geometries.

3D Fashion Designer

To create TECHNĒ, Chiara studied how 3D printing is used with tension-activated textiles in-depth. Chiara’s main aim was to produce comfortable yet fashionable clothes where 3D printing played a structural and decorative role. Previously, 3D printed materials have been more rigid than most fabrics used in clothing, which is why Chiara used FDM machines to print directly onto apparel to make the clothes comfortable to wear.

Model wears 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Chiara studied a range of materials and techniques to implement sustainable methods. She believes 3D printed fashion involving machines and craftsmanship can attract a consumer base with a conscious approach to style. She says: “In a moment when everything is carelessly duplicated and synthesized, the combined work of mind, hands, and machines could generate a new fashion system.” 

3D Printer for clothes

Furthermore, SuperForma’s Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 FDM machine helped Chiara fine-tune the printing parameters and experiment with different materials that lead to creating the final clothing line. Chiara added: “It was CEO and founder Mattia Ciurnelli of SuperForma who followed the progress of the experimentation and helped me to manage the available technologies with his competence in digital fabrication.”

Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 prints on fabric for the clothing line TECHNE

Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 prints on fabric for the clothing line TECHNE

Superforma is part of the international WASP Hub network promoted by WASP. Aside from its work with TECHNĒ, WASP has worked on other large-scale structures, such as partnering with the Rossana Orlandi gallery in Milan to showcase the Gaia, a 3D printed eco-house created with sustainable materials. 

Strips of photos of a model wearing 3d printing colthing line TECHNE

Strips of photos of a model wearing 3d printing colthing line TECHNE

Strips of photos of a model wearing 3d printing colthing line TECHNE

Chiara believes her creativity came from her knowledge in pattern making, which then influenced her ability to question, analyze, and rethink it throughout the study of the manufacturing process and experimentation with FDM printing machines. TECHNĒ was created with the ambition to combine form and function in 3D printed clothes. Chiara said: “Usually, 3D printing is used to create showpieces, sculptural structures, and even when printing materials and fabrics merge, additive manufacturing has a mainly decorative/ornamental role.”  

Model wears 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Model wears 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Iris Van Herpen as inspiration

Esteemed fashion designer Iris van Herpen, known for her occasional ‘decorative/ornamental’ application of 3D printing in her designs, debuted her 3D printed ‘face jewelry’ at Paris Fashion Week 2019. The collection entitled ‘Cellchemy’ was created by 3D scanning each model’s face to map out a shape highlighting shifts in density and contours of their faces. The final result was a series of lace-like masks created by a high-resolution multi-material printer.    

Model wears 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Model wears 3d printed clothing line TECHNE

Chiara said: “I definitely believe that 3D printed fabrics could enter the global fashion market soon, but designers should combine their experience with the knowledge of scientists and engineers to further explore this sector, improving and stabilizing techniques and machines to obtain reliable, ergonomic products for the end-user.” 

Large scale 3D printer

stampante 3d industriale

Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0 is the perfect printer to create large size pieces, with filament or pellet materials.

3D printed molds

Customized panels

3D printing in large scale has infinite potential, as we can see here, also in the mold sector. In this project, carried out by WASP Hub Denmark, we can see this innovative approach of molds creation through Additive Manufacturing.

Formworks are widely used in architecture to create concrete panels. Their shapes are often standard because the materials most used are wood, metal and polystyrene. The first two are the most solid but the shapes remain always the same and they can not be customized with details or different geometry. To create customized panels, the most used material is polystyrene: it is more adaptable than the others but you can't reach all the shapes.

Now we have a new technique that can transform the way we produce concrete panels: large scale 3D printing. With this technology it's super fast creating big pieces with the wanted shape always in different way.

With 3D printing you can constantly design new geometries and customize the texturing of the panel. This allows you to overcome the limits of the standard formworks and reach new geometric patterns.


Texturing is a process used also in nature to create shapes that have functional features. To show the opportunities of 3D printing in this field, a series of panels in concrete with unique design has been created.

These panels are the results of computational processes and the inspiration comes from nature and abstract shapes. The process of creation involves FDM technology, with upcycled plastic waste in order to re-utilize the material.

Concrete panel

Upcycled plastic mold

3D printing concrete mold

Texturing is a process used also in nature to create shapes that have functional features. To show the opportunities of 3D printing in this field, a series of panels in concrete with unique design has been created. These panels are the results of computational processes and the inspiration comes from nature and abstract shapes. 

3d printed molds details

The process of creation involves FDM technology, with upcycled plastic waste in order to re-utilize the material. This is another plus that makes 3D printing the perfect ally forcreate molds.

Thanks to computational design you can reach always different patterns, generated with algorithms. Here some examples of the different shapes you can reach.

different paterns of 3D printed molds

Project credits

CREATE Group - Led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Roberto Naboni
University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Unit of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE)
Team: Roberto Naboni, Luca Breseghello, David W. Jokszies
3D Scanning: at the SDU Prototyping Lab (Prof. Knud Bjørnholt)
Industry Partners: WASP (3D Printers), Hi-Con (High-Performance Concrete)

The printer for large scale objects


The printer used in this project is Delta WASP 3MT Industrial 4.0, the perfect printer for large scale objects. It works with filament and pellet extrusion, in order to use recycled plastics. With its printing bed of 1 meter of diameter, it lets you print big objects in small time.

WASP technical sponsor of the Expo Dubai 2020 Design Competition Winner

Delta WASP 3MT experiences the 3D printed tissue

Our pay off is: Your dimension, Your material, Our solution and every day WASP works to create a network and give tailored answers.

Shapemode is a design studio specialized in digital fabrication and innovative additive printing technologies, based in Milan. When Shapemode asked us to collaborate with them on the SIKKA project, a unique project based on the innovative combination of textiles and 3D printing technology, we eagerly accepted. 


Delta WASP 3MT prints large formats and has been strategic to achieve the final results and allow the team to go beyond experimentation, up to the final production.

The project is based on the innovative combination of rigid materials with flexible materials and thanks to an experimental process, a 3D printed tissue was created.

Realized by a team of architects and designers from the Polytechnic and the NUMEN Institute SIKKA opens a new era in the texile industry. The prototyping process involves 3D printing with FDM technology (3D pellet printing) on ​​elastic tissue. Once the tension has ceased, the tissue generates a selective deformation of the surface and extremely complex surface bendings. The composite tissue is folded, cut and / or laminated to obtain further aesthetic and functional effects. Although experimental this process translates into visually convincing surfaces with unique performance characteristics.

SIKKA breaks new ground in digital textile technology and will have the honor of representing Italian innovation during next year’s Expo event to be held in the UAE from October 2020 to April 2021 and, even before that, at other national events focusing on design. The Design Competition, at its seventh edition in 2019, focuses on the creation of innovative projects and prototypes given by the collaboration between local companies and designers under the age of 35.

Shapemode won the competition as the best of the 20 projects selected to be exhibited at Expo 2020.

The combination of elastic and plastic tissue had already been tested in small elements, but the SIKKA project brought this experience to a large object for the first time thanks to Delta WASP 3MT printers. 

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Simplify3D® Software and Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0

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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


Baby, 3D printed sculpture

The applications related to digital manufacturing are endless. If we combine the fact that the tools used are the Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL, then 3D printers for large objects, the results are becoming more and more impressive.


Digital sculpt
The artist Luca Tarlazzi, who has been a WASP collaborator for the comic "Viaggio a Shamballa" for a year, has always been linked to the world of sculpture. In recent years, with the development and improvement of software, his sculpture has become digital. In fact, Luca using ZBrush, a digital sculpture software, invests his time in the creation of sculptures. After that the process ends with the printing of the pieces. The limit so far was the size too small and the materials post-workable. Now with the Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL, Luca manages to achieve his objectives, realizing digital statues in real scale, depositing thermoplastic materials starting from the pellets.

This is how the statue "Baby" was born, a young girl sitting with her eyes turned towards the sky. You do not know what you look at, what dreams, but surely it's something beautiful. A process, the one put in place by Tarlazzi, which fits exactly into the world of digital manufacturing, passing from the idea to the project on the pc, to the 3D printing. This was the development of the statue, which ended with a manual post-processing with stucco and paint to give the final touch. The statue was presented in Milan during the Technology Hub 2018 exhibition, sitting right above the one who gave it life, the Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL.

Luca Tarlazzi's studio is now continuing with the use of the Delta WASP Clay line, which allows him an even closer approach to traditional techniques.

How do you make a large statue printed in 3D?
The statue was designed with a digital sculpture software: ZBrush.


Errors can occur with software of this kind, like for example open edges. In these cases a very useful software is Mesh Mixer. To make the printing easier, the the same software has been used to divide the statue into several parts, and this have avoided the use of support-materials. So the bust, the legs the arms, being large elements, were printed with Delta WASP 3MT Industrial with Pellet extruder, which allows speed and stability. By replacing pellet extrude with Spitfire extruder in 10 minutes it is possible to switch from fast prints and very high layers printings, to more detailed and precise prints. Thanks to Spitfire on the Delta WASP 3MT Industrial the head, the hands and the feet were realized with a 1.2 mm diameter nozzle and a 0.5 mm layer height.

Assembly e stuccoing
The various parts were welded together with metal pins embedded in the plastic to allow stiffness and tightness. To make the entire surface of the piece homogeneous, an ad hoc stucco was used, easy to apply and excellent for hand-finishing. Finally the statue was painted with acrylic colors. With this approach it is possible to realize in a short time a statue of 2.2 meters in height.

"Baby" by Luca Tarlazzi

3D Printing Light Contest

Winner Project

Aureal Twist di Marco Parnasi


The 3d printing light contest aims to collect new projects that focus on spotlight topic especially referring to 3d printing potentiality.

According to Wasp vision about new scenarios of self-production, as imagined in “Shamballa”, the contest request is to design an innovative spotlight  (free light point, lampshade, table lamp, ceiling light, floor lamp, lighting objects) capable of reinterpreting light essence towards the creation of an iconic object, completely 3d printed.

The FDM technology with thermoplastic transparent pellet, as permitted with Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL, allows complex geometries fabrication with specific material and aesthetic features.

Participants are asked to design one object that may enhance those properties and finally be part of object collection made with Delta WASP 3MT.

Technical notes for design:

The light’s design (just one piece is permitted) must embed 3d printing settings of Delta WASP 3MT;

3d printing area_max area: a circle with 800 mm diameter; max height: 900 mm

3dprinting resolution_nozzle diameter: 3mm

layer height: 0,5

max slope: 35°


Giorgio Gurioli

Gurioli Design

Massimo Moretti

CEO WASProject

Enrico Bassi

Open Dot Digital Fabrication Manager


The winning proposal, selected by the jury, will be printed at Milan Triennale on March 2nd-3rd-4th, 2018 in the permanent space of OpenDot and will remain on display for the following period.

The winner will receive, as a prize, the object printed after the end of the exhibition.


  • 3d printing duration (see some reference objects printed with Delta WASP 3MT)
  • 3d printing optimization
  • Aesthetic value
  • Versatility

Gem Lamp
Nicola WaspTeam
Height: 900 mm
Layer: 1,2 mm – monolayer
Time: 4 ore

Abstract Branch
Kesra Mansuri Thingiverse
Height: 550 mm
Layer: 1,2 mm – monolayer
Time: 8 ore

Rigatona Chair
Gurioli Design
Height: 500 mm
Layer: 0,5 mm – monolayer
Time: 20 ore

Comparison of size and printing time


Free admission.

Competitors categories: designer, architects, students. Competitors can join the competition in teams that can be composed of any number of a team member.

Submission material:

ZIP folder named as Proposaltitle.zip (max: 20 MB) to send to email address contest@wasproject.it containing:

  • 3d model in STL format (closed solid), named as Proposaltitle.stl;
  •  Image in JPEG format (dimensions 1920 x 1080 pixels, 150 dpi) showing the proposal and the specific use conditions, named as Proposaltitle.jpg;
  • Subscription form, signed by competitor/leader (in case of team) and scanned in JPEG format, named as Modulo di adesione_Proposaltitle.jpg;
  • Personal data in PDF format (format A4) with name, surname, birthdate, job, town, email address of competitor/leader (in case of a team), named as Anagrafica_Proposaltitle.pdf.

Credit big hero image: WASP Team / Object design: FabLab Venezia


Credit big hero image: WASP Team / subject design: FabLab Venezia

scenografia stampata in 3d

The first 3d printed Scenography

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

3d printed scenography

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.


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).


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. "


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.


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.


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.


Giorgio Barbiero Corsetti interview:

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


“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”.


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.

Step 1: Scansione (da cui ricaviamo la mesh). File formato STL aperto con Cura

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.


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.


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.


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.


“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”.

3DiTALY and WASP reward the young design-talents

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

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


A call for a new design concept

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

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


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

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

Delta WASP 3MT : contest protagonist

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

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


WASP presents Delta WASP 3MT in England and United States

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



Big dimensions printing

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

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

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

Maker Economy

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


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


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

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

18-22 July 2016

c/o BASE Milano, via Bergognone 34

WASP at AM SHOW EUROPE in Amsterdam

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

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


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

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.


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.


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.