Telescopic Lights Project by WASP Hub Mantova

TELESCOPIC LIGHTS PROJECT: Modular telescopic lamps, printable. In offset, inclination, section and length.  Variable.

Material: PLA/pet-G

T: componibile, variabile, adattabile

Stampante 3d: Delta WASP 2040, Delta WASP 4070, Delta WASP 3MT



The telescopic lamp, comes from a specific need, the lighting project of Sant'Agnese 10, a historical space protected by the Superintendent of Fine Arts in Mantua, transformed into a co-working space.

In this case it was not possible to install wall lamps because they were protected by architectural constraints, the only possible points were reinforc ement bars that cross the rooms.

The design comes from the need to study a solution that was adaptable to the space turned in formal terms, that was long enough and light to get to the work stations and that was aesthetically interesting and flexible. The blocks have been studied that on one side and the other allow the stability of the lamps that are constrained to the blocks but that allow 180 degrees of rotation around the vertical axis in order to allow an adjustment of the light point.

The idea therefore arises from specific needs combined with the simulation of natural structures such as the telescopic forms of nature so that it was possible to compose more or less pieces in different ways by changing the direction of the joint, following the formal key of the arch, being in this case the vaulted spaces.


Technical details:

The basic section is a convex triangle, similar to a herald, which is shaped so that the final part of each piece is as large as the initial part of the next, in this way the pieces by friction structure a finite shape. The effectiveness of this system is that for the simplest forms it is possible to print offset, saving time and being able to produce interesting lengths and particular inclinations with the appropriate design.

The prints for each single "horn" lasted 5/6 hours depending on the definition of printing, with the Delta WASP 2040 3d printer.

The blocks instead of attacking the bars being practically full took 10 hours each.



COCOON PROJECT,  The lotus, a multisensory meditative cell.

Material: PLA

Type: modular

3d Printer: Delta WASP 3MT


The project for a multisensory meditative cell takes inspiration from the lotus flower morphology and its strongly symbolic and parallel meaning applied in meditation and in Yoga practice.

The goal was to design a minimal, one-person solution that was small at the same time but capable of achieving a great state of internalization for those who want to use it. Can be used in open natural areas, in relaxation facilities, or in urban spaces, to find a point in which to rejoin the self, the project can be totally modified in dimensions, integrations and materials, so as to be able to adapt to individual needs .


In natural areas such as parks, woods or reserves, it can be a shelter for a night, a small sheltered rest station or it could be part of a system of stations connected to each other like shelters spread in strategic points and easily traceable by GPS. urban, it can be a small break from the noise and the urban bustle, or, open, the cell can become a small space for picnics or to lie down in more people.

Technical details

In this module the petals are designed as movable independently of one another, fixed (by means of simple and printable joints together with the petal) to its basement segment. The base is formed by the interlocking of 6 wedges attached to the relative petals or can also be formed from a single piece printed and finished. the petals are designed to be closed from the inside by hooks. once closed in its entirety, an oculus 40 cm in diameter remains from which it is possible to see the sky. The oculus can be closed with a transparent material to shelter from the rain. The petals are printable, equipped with a flat part to attach a slope lower than 45 ° to the printing bed and in such a way as to be included in the 1mtX1mt space.


The module can be placed on the ground or possibly hung by means of 3 tie rods attached to the base which leave the possibility of opening to all the petals.

The unit is designed to open completely thanks to a mechanical or manual system, with strategic openings for the user's view, ventilation and to minimize the feeling of claustrophobia, the project can be implemented with modules to increase the healing qualities, such as aromatherapy, music therapy and chromotherapy, or with technological modules, such as internet connection, or other features to be traceable and remotely located, such as GPS.

Each petal could be techno-equipped with solar panels or perforated for ventilation etc.

Once all the petals are closed, the form remembers the sea urchin, closed and safe. The external three-dimensional texture and the materiality of the material can vary from smooth to rough, it can be micro-perforated, bush-hammered, spinata, mirror-made, etc.

The dimensions of the finished element are 1.15 meters high for 1.50 meters of maximum dimensions. Variables.

The base of the modules to be grounded can also be printed in concrete to give greater strength and a solid platform.

The initial idea of the project is to be able to directly print the cell with biodegradable and environmentally sustainable plastics such as PLA, but thanks to the specific shape it is possible to use the various petals as formwork to form different materials, such as lightened materials, natural materials, foams organic etc.

It is also possible to finish the product with milled or laser-cut materials such as plexiglass, wood or metals.


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.


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.