Bigdelta, from the Italian company WASP, is a delta type 3d printer capable of printing 12 meter high objects. This printer is focused on the world of construction and its goal is to end homelessness in underdeveloped countries.
This huge printer it is assembled in a very simple way in the same place where the building will be built and allows to make use of nearby raw materials. These characteristics make it possible to significantly lower the costs of each home.
W (World's Advanced Saving Project) is a young Italian company created in 2012. His project is focused on the development of 3D printing and deeply rooted in Open Source. WASP manufactures professional printers with the intention of promoting sustainable development and own production. The WASP's ultimate goal is the construction of sustainable homes and low cost in underdeveloped territories. Also using materials found in the surroundings.
For a project of this size, the machine is required to be portable and have low power consumption. As in large areas of the planet, there is no electricity at all, you must be able to use renewable energy such as the sun, wind and water.
In addition, this noble objective has focused part of its efforts on continuous research to enable the extrusion of valid materials for construction such as ceramics and porcelain.
The company has several different product lines geared towards different sectors, but all focused on 3D printing. They have Open source printers, a line of DLP printers, a self-assembly kit. A wide variety for all audiences to find the model that meets their expectations.
Income from the sale of printers are invested in research and project development Eco-friendly, sustainable and functional materials. The projects carried out so far by the group are 100% self-financed.
DeltaWASP it is a production line focused on the extrusion of ceramic materials which aims to make a leap into the world of digital crafts, with minimal energy consumption. Thanks to the implementation of an extruder for printing ceramic materials.
In 2030, international estimates predict a rapid growth in adequate housing needs for more than 4 billion people. These people live on annual incomes below $ 3.000. The United Nations estimates that over the next 15 years there will be an average daily requirement of 100.000 new homes to meet this demand.
The new model Bigdelta that WASP has recently presented can be assembled in an hour by just three people and can be fed for a couple of meters of solar. Thanks to this, the goal is to achieve build a house with coste close to 100€
The BigDelta printer uses a mixture of locally sourced soil and straw that is prepared in an industrial mixing machine. The mixture is then ejected from the BigDelta print nozzle in predefined patterns.
Shamballa, the location
The team behind the project recently joined forces with local artisans to print a prototype house in Massa Lombarda (Ravenna). Completing your first home at a cost of only about $ 60.
In addition, the Municipality that has made a green area available in the industrial zone of the city. At this location WASP wants to build an environmentally friendly town with low energy consumption. He has called it, Shamballa.
Therefore, Massa Lombarda is going to become an important Technology Experimentation Center dedicated to 3D printing. A unique case in Italy and perhaps in the world.