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

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
Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 4.0

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.

https://youtu.be/yU3rTANZygo

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

https://www.3dwasp.shop/en/product/professional-3d-printer-delta-wasp-3mt-industrial-4-0/

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.


illuminated 3D printed wall

A 3D printed installation with bioplastics

It is confirmed once again that the WASP HUB network is a winner player for the realization of large format works.

WASP Hub Macerata, Design For Craft and the WASP HUB network have in fact printed 360 elements in wood-filled bioplastic with the 3D printer WASP 3MT HDP.

allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata

WASP 3MT HDP is the perfect 3D printer for the digital manufacture of installations and furnishings. Thanks to the pellet technology, therefore and the possibility of printing directly the granule directly, the production costs are lower, and the productivity is higher.

“We designed and produced a small series of support for smartphones that also work as a passive loudspeaker for the Grottini Retail Environments Company. To realize them it was used the same geometry used in the design of the walls of their Agorà exhibition space (at the Euroshop in Düsseldorf) and the same material. The aim is to offer visitors a complete and totally personalized experience”
WASP Hub Macerata - Design For Craft

3d printed installation

The Grottini Company booth at the Euroshop, called Agorà, was designed by an international and multidisciplinary team with the aim of creating a rich and engaging experience, that can involve all the senses, thanks to the co-presence of multimedia technologies who work in a coordinated way with design.

Design for Craft (WASP Hub Macerata) supplied the panels that make up the perimeter walls of the space, realizing them through digital additive manufacturing powered by PLA pellets.

The design of these elements is the result of a biomimetic design attitude, born from the observation of the "endoskeleton" present in some plants, such as cacti, for example. The fibrous members of the interior of a cactus, in fact, were acquired using a 3D scanner, through a reverse-engineering process, it was translated into an algorithm that describes its morphological genesis using the Grasshopper parametric modeling software.

In this way the software developed different designs by simply varying some of the algorithm inputs: in that way it was possible to design 6 variants generated by the same original model to obtain a variability of design on the entire surface to be managed, about 190 square meters.

parete allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata

The production of the 360 panels took place thanks to a large 3D printer: WASP 3MT HDP.

The material used is a PLA and wood powder bioplastic; these, besides having characteristics of biodegradability, have given the produced elements a natural-looking finish reminiscent of natural wood.

allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata - parete esterna

The final appearance of the walls is particularly scenographic: the variability along the vertical direction it’s a sort of shrinking wave, the visual transparency between inside and outside gives dynamism to the entire surface.

Credits:
Project and images: Design For Craft

Large scale 3D printer

Stampante 3d

WASP 3MT HDP is 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.


DELTA WASP 3MT at BURNING MAN in the NEVADA Desert

The Burning Man Festival takes place every year since 1991 in Black Rock City, Nevada desert, with a mood that is very reminiscent of Mad Max. The most important event from which it takes its name is the great fire of a big wooden puppet. This tradition continues since 1986, when Larry Harvey and Jerry James, the Festival's founders, celebrated the summer solstice burning a big puppet on San Francisco's Baker Beach. The spirit of the event is wild and is described by the organizers as a sort of "social experiment", where everyone can feel free to express himself with performances, dances, exhibitions and even workshops.

One of the peculiarities of the Burning Man Festival is the massive presence of mutant vehicles, cars transformed in the most bizarre and creative possible ways. Another important peculiarity is the payment with barter exchange. Participating at the Burning Man Festival is a unique experience full of adrenaline, an opportunity to bring out our most authentic side, without constraints, limits or rules.

In the center of the Festival reserved area every year is build a structure representing the Burning Man Temple: it respect the Festival principles such as "Civic Responsibility" and "Leaving No Traces".

It is one of the most significant places of the Burning Man Festival, it represents a portal for healing, sharing emotional experiences, creating deep connections with yourself and with the others. Then it will be burned down during the last day.

The temple is a special place for the community to pray, to heal and to release pain. It is a place where to cry together for losses, whether it is a loved one or an elderly person.

At the 2018 Burning Man Festival, the famous Architect Arthur Mamou-Mani designed and built the Galaxia Temple. It celebrated hope in the unknown, in the stars, planets, black holes, in the movement that unites us in whirling galaxies of dreams. Galaxia was formed by 20 wooden trusses that converged like a spiral towards a point into the sky.

The triangular trusses formed different paths towards a central space ending with a gigantic 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia. The first wooden modules started large enough to contain small alcoves where people could write in peace the messages that would be burned with the Temple. Then, while people were walking on the path under Galaxia, the wooden modules rose and became thinner towards the sky in order to reach the central mandala.

In the center of Galaxia's heart there was a collection of objects that fell from various heights from the highest part of the temple ceiling. These objects represented the tears of the people inside the "healing from pain" Temple. These objects were 3D printed with bio-plastic materials on Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL thanks to the open source software Silkworm for Grasshopper3D.

3D Printed Teardrop is the name of the single object created by WASP for Galaxia. It represented the tears of sadness and joy that condensed into a central incandescent movement.​ Then they rose towards the sky while under these suspended tears there was a ripple in the ground, representing the expected tear’s fall.

Here is an image before the realization:

The project was designed in London, the code optimization work was managed remotely by WASP in Massa Lombarda. The fifty 3D Printed Teardrop pieces were realized in Reno with a Delta WASP 3MT printer installed inside The Generator, a space dedicated to the construction of various Burning Man facilities.

The partnership with Studio Arthur Mamou-Mani is a milestone for WASP. WASP founded a WASP HUB in London that collaborates with the Studio in the creation and production of 3D printed pieces of various sizes and materials for international projects.

This video shows the construction of the colossal Galaxia Temple of Burning Man 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI45EWdyPHU

You must know that all the activities dedicated to the realization of the Festival are managed by volunteers. The management behind a similar event is huge, but all the volunteers are drove by: a great passion for the project, vision, utopia and love.

Davide and Cristiano from WASP Team flew to Reno to participate voluntarily and actively in the event. The report was made by Cristiano often in bad conditions, which makes it truly authentic.

https://youtu.be/GuxfpltBjF4

Here you can see some moments lived by Davide and Cristiano during the event: one of the most exciting of these was the marriage of Arthur.

This fantastic video shows one of the central events of the Festival. We will always be grateful to Davide and Cristiano that allowed us to burn our letters with the temple of healing from pain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D7lmFgFq98

In the pictures above you can see our guys engaged in one of the most important phases: cleaning the desert. Volunteers clean the site so that nothing remains of the passage of the human being. For this reason, during the event, water, food and waste are meticulously managed and controlled.