Over the past couple of years, we have seen our fair share of mammoth sized 3D printers, but perhaps none quite as intriguing as the one which WASP plans to present at an upcoming show in Massa Lombarda, Italy next weekend (September 18 – 20).
WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project), a company which we have covered numerous times in the past, has been striving to bring 3D printed homes to 3rd world, developing countries around the globe. The idea is a simple one; “create a means for affordable fabrication of homes, and provide these means to the locals in poverty stricken areas”. The hope is that through the use of large scale 3D printing, homes could be constructed out of local clays which are abundant in many of these locales.
For some time now, we have been hearing about WASP’s incredible plans, but like all things, it’s hard to believe anything until there is actually something to show. That’s what will happen this weekend in Massa Lombarda, where the company will unveil the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer, the BigDelta. The BigDelta measures a staggering 12 meters tall, and it will make its official debut at the three-day rally event which will include conferences, workshops, concerts and theatrical shows.
“Building BigDelta is much more than a dream come true if we consider that, by 2030, international estimates foresee a rapid growth of adequate housing requirements for over 4 billion people living with yearly income below $3,000,” WASP tells 3DPrint.com. “The United Nations calculated that over the next 15 years there will be an average daily requirement of 100.000 new housing units to meet this demand.”
WASP has a vision for what they refer to as the “MakerEconomy”, which is a model where everything including products, housing, and all of the necessities that are used on a daily basis, can be self-manufactured through shared solutions.
During this interesting three-day event, the BigDelta 3D printer won’t only be unveiled, but it will also make an appearance on stage for the theatrical show, “Shamballa”, which will be presented at the Rigodon Theatre, written and directed by Alessandro Cavoli.
Quite honestly, when I first heard of WASP’s plans to create a delta-style 3D printer which was capable of 3D printing houses, I had my doubts, but all of these doubts have just been wiped away with this unveiling of the BigDelta 3D printer. It should be interesting to see this machine in action, and find out how well it can print. The ability to 3D print homes using nothing but the BigDelta and native clays, could go a very long way in bringing affordable housing to all.
What do you think about the unveiling of this massive 3D printer? Will it change the world, like WASP hopes? Discuss in the BigDelta forum thread on 3DPB.com.